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Books & Publications


The Litvak Special Interest Group (Genealogy) book list of publications of interest to Lithuanian Jewish history, including the Holocaust  


Agranovski, Genrich and Irina Guzenberg. Vilnius: 100 Memorable Sites of Jewish History and Culture. Vilnius: Vilna Gaon State Museum, 2006

Alexander, Naomi. Once upon a Time in Lithuania. London: David Paul, 2006.

A British artist’s documentation of Jewish heritage sites in Lithuania.

Cohen-Mushlin, Aliza; Kravtsov, Sergey; Levin, Vladimir; Mickūnaitė, Giedrė; and Jurgita Šiaučiūnaitė-Verbickienė. Synagogues in Lithuania: A Catalogue. Vilnius: Vilnius Academy of Arts Press, 2010/2012

Detailed, two-volume encyclopedic work, with pictures and text. The most comprehensive publication on Lithuanian synagogues, their history, their architecture and their contexts.

Dawidowicz, Lucy. From That Time and Place:  A Memoir 1938-1947. New York: Norton, 1989.

A memoir of pre-war Jewish Vilnius.

Eliach, Yaffa. There Once Was a World: A 900-Year Chronicle of the Shtetl of Eishyshok. Back Bay Books, 1999

Gitelman, Zvi. A Century of Ambivalence: The Jews of Russia and the Soviet Union 1881 to the Present. New York: Schocken, 1988

Jakulytė-Vasil, Milda. Lithuanian Holocaust Atlas. Vilnius: 2011

The book provides comprehensive information about 227 Holocaust mass graves of Jews, and their monuments, and includes a map of the Lithuanian Holocaust.

Jogela, Vytautas. “The Old Jewish Cemetery in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries.”  In Lituanus: The Lithuanian Quarterly. Volume 61:4 (Winter 2015) 76-93

Jomantas, Alfredas, ed. Jewish Cultural Heritage in Lithuania. Vilnius: Ministry of Culture/Versus Aureus, 2006

Katz, Dovid. Lithuanian Jewish Culture. Vilnius: Baltos lankos: Vilnius 2004. Second (updated and revised) edition. Vilnius: Baltos lankos in cooperation with Central European University, 2010.

Kravtsov, Sergey R. “The Great Synagogue of Vilnius: Architecture, Meaning, and Memory.” In Avidan, Anna and Julijana Leganovič eds.  How to Commemorate The Great Synagogue of Vilna Site? Vilnius: Litvak World, 2017 98–103

Kruk, Herman. (Benjamin Harshav, ed., Barbara Harshav, trans.) The Last Days of the Jerusalem of Lithuania.: Chronicles from the Vilna Ghetto and the Camps, 1939-1944. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2002

Lempertas, Izraelis. Litvakes. Vilnius: Versus Aureus, 2005

Levinson, Yosif. Skausmo Knyga/The Book of Sorrow. Vilnius: Vaga, 1997.

Locations and photographs of monuments marking World War II mass graves throughout Lithuania.

Lipphardt, Anna. Vilne. Die Juden aus Vilnius nach dem Holocaust. Eine transnationale Beziehungsgeschichte. Paderborn: Schöningh Verlag, 2010.

Piechotka, Maria and Kazimierz Piechotka. Heaven’s Gates: Wooden Synagogues in the Territories of the Former Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Warsaw: Wydawnictwo Krupski I S-ka, 2004.

New version of a groundbreaking study originally published in the 1950s.

Siauciunaite-Verbickiene, Jurgita and Lempertiene, Larisa (eds.) Jewish Space in Central and Eastern Europe: Day-to-Day History. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007

Zibuts, Isaac, with Dovid Katz and Raimondas Paknys (photographer). Sounds of Silence: Traces of Jewish Life in Lithuania. R.Paknio Leidykla, 2009