On Thursday, April 7, at 1 p.m., the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research presents “Hope Is Stronger Than Life: The Vilna Ghetto Diary of Zelig Kalmanovich.” The online book talk will feature a panel discussion with editors Stanislovas Stasiulis and Saulė Valiūnaitė, who will be joined by Dr. Lara Lempertienė, head of the Judaica department at the Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania. The panel will be moderated by Professor Samuel Kassow.
Zelig Kalmanovich (1885-1944) was a Yiddish linguist and translator; he was a central member of YIVO’s pre-war Vilna staff. Kalmanovich kept a diary during his time in the Vilna ghetto describing daily life, people’s hopes and their efforts to retain their humanity, and his thoughts about the future of the Jewish people and Jewish culture.
This new publication by the Vilna Gaon Museum of Jewish History in Vilnius, Lithuania, unites fragments of his diary from YIVO’s collection in New York and the Gaon Museum’s collection in Vilnius for the first publication in English. The book, which is translated by Olga Lempert, also includes essays providing background and context by editors Stanislovas Stasiulis and Saulė Valiūnaitė.
For reservations, go to yivo.org/Kalmanovich.