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Links roundup August 2014

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

In The Washington Post, a D.C. judge who fled the Holocaust with his family as a child passes away at 82.

In The New York Times, Deborah E. Lipstadt talks about why we should be worried about rising anti-Semitism in Europe.

New book about Jewish Lithuania

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

“We Are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust,” by Ellen Cassedy (University of Nebraska Press). Ellen Cassedy sets off into the Jewish heartland of Lithuania to connect with her Jewish forebears and to explore how a post-Holocaust nation is – and is not – engaging with its Jewish history. Probing the terrain of memory and moral dilemmas, she conveys a cautious message of hope. Jewish Book Council calls the book “brilliantly balanced, totally engaging, and constantly penetrating.” Winner of multiple awards.

Screening of Partisans of Vilna at Lincoln Square Synagogue in New York

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Lincoln Square Synagogue on Manhattan’s Upper West Side will present two screenings of Partisans of Vilna on July 16th, at 3 PM and 5:30 PM.

You can read more or register for the event at Lincoln Square Synagogue’s website.

Smartphone app remaps the Vilna Ghetto for a new generation of visitors

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Menachem Kaiser writes for Tablet Magazine about a new smartphone app he has authored that overlays the boundaries and landmarks of the Vilna Ghetto onto a current map of the city. Kaiser claims the contours of the historical ghetto are inadequately visible in the increasingly gentrified modern city of Vilnius and his “reVILNA” is an interactive map project that uses GPS to mark important sites and seeks to increase the understanding of daily life in the Vilna Ghetto through a spatial outline of the area.

You can read more about the program from its creator at Tablet Magazine or check out the map, which is an ongoing project, at

Mark your calendar for “An Evening with Agnieszka Holland”

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Award-winning Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Holland will be in Washington D.C. Friday, November 30th to host a Shabbat dinner, present her Oscar-nominated 1990 film Europa Europa and take part in a Q&A session hosted by local documentary filmmaker Aviva Kempner (Partisans of Vilna). Holland is in town to accept the “Women of Vision” award on November 29th from the filmmaking collective “Women in Film and Video,” who is co-sponsoring Friday night’s festivities with the Ciesla Foundation. In her decades-long career, Holland has made amazing films and television in Poland, France, Germany and the United States and Europa Europa is certainly one of her best. The film follows the grotesque yet moving saga of Solomon Perel, a Jewish teenager who passes as a Nazi during World War II. Holland is at her best here, capturing the strangeness and absurdity of Solomon’s position, and Europa Europa stands out among Holocaust cinema as a truly unique vision. Aviva Kempner is a long time friend of Holland’s and their discussion should be lively and informative.

You can read more about this event and also buy tickets online at the website of the Washington D.C. JCC.

Welcome to the new Partisans of Vilna blog!

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Stay tuned to this blog for updates and interesting tidbits regarding the Ciesla Foundation’s first film, Partisans of Vilna.