Aelta Ambrulevičiūtė
Prabilę namai: XIX a. Vokiečių gatvės eskizai
Houses that talk:
Sketches of Vokiečių Street in the Nineteenth Century

An Inspiring guide in Nineteenth Century Vokiečių Street that reflects its spirit, lifesyle, manner and tradition of that time. Here you will find stories of every house of the Street , their owners and businesses, will know what goods were offered to the citizens, what was advertised and appreciated.

David Zak

Žvilgsnis praeitin...
(Apie gimines, artimuosius, draugus ir save)
(A Glance into the past... About relatives, friends and myself )

David Zak author of the book was born in traditional affluent jewish family in 1930 in Utena. In 1940, when Lithuania was occupied by the Soviet Union, the family's assets were nationalized and the week before the start of the war his father was arrested and sent to a labor camp in Krasnoyarsk taiga. David and his mother were exiled to Siberia. David’s brothers and sisters with their families stayed in Lithuania and died at the hands of fascists. This is an autobiographical book, that tells us the story of family's life before the war as well as of what David and many of his friends were forced to suffer during exile in northern Yakutia.

Aelita Ambrulevičiūtė
Vilniaus pirkliai žydai 1801-1861 (sąrašas)
Vilnius Jews Merchants 1801-1861 (list)

In the 19th century, the merchants of Vilnius founded factories, engaged in trade and financial activities, developed the service sector, took part in the city administration, financed cultural institutions and established charitable organisations. All that played a considerable role in social and economic life; however, the research on the 19th century merchant class in the Lithuanian historiography is only fragmentary. We are still lacking a more comprehensive monograph that would cover the economic and social activities of merchants. The aforementioned factors were the main stimulus that encouraged the publication of the list of Jewish merchants – the dominant group in the economic life of Vilnius (the largest economic and cultural centre among the Lithuanian provinces) – covering the period of 1801–1861.
The main base of sources consists of the documents from the offices of Vilnius City kept at the Lithuanian State Historical Archive (Lith. Lietuvos valstybės istorijos archyvas (LVIA)) (Fund 937): the lists of Vilnius merchants and the books containing the copies of the issue of merchant certificates compiled by the Duma of the city in 1809–1861. The documents can be of use to historians studying the aspects of life of the Jewish community. They can also be useful to the researchers of anthroponyms who try to trace back the evolution of surnames, the fashions of name-giving, as well as sociologists studying the family composition of a certain social group, the marital and child-baring age, the aspects of employment of women and children within a single social group, etc.

Levas Feigelovičius
Saulėtas Šaltas Pavasaris
(Sunny cold spring)

“Saulėtas Šaltas Pavasaris” is a thrilling story of the near past. It is about how Kaunas, the interim capital of Lithuania between the two World Wars, in 3-4th decade is seen by teenager's eyes. It shows us universal triumph, when Lithuania won the European basketball championship and at the same time it describes serious challenges: exile, loss, struggle for survival. Despite dismal stories, the book is optimistic. Important is author's hopefulness view of life. He cherishes friendship, loyalty to ideals of goodness and he doesn’t forget a healthy sense of humor.

Mironas Ginkas
Per Spygliuotą Vielą
(Through the barbed wire)

In the doctors Miron Gink’s (1912- 1983) book the Holocaust is seen as another tragic historical page. The book is about Kovno’s ghetto weekday, about horrific sort of people, when they were sent to death forts and their daily struggle for survival. Life in inhumane conditions is the same as moving towards a dangerous obstacle. In such conditions is important not only to prolong physical existence, but also without losing dignity to preserve moral values of solidarity and love. There was a lot of sublime lithuanian people, who risked their lives to rescue the persecuted. These people and their bravery and courage helped fugitives of ghetto to survive and at the end of the war to continue the rescue mission in other spaces of being. The author of the book was a longtime chief doctor of Vilnius Ambulance Station.

Valdemaras Ginsburgas
…and Kovno wept

During the Nazi occupation of Lithuania, over 90 per cent of the Jewish population were murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators. Among them were the family and friends of Waldemar Grinsburg. This powerfully written and moving story describes the struggle for survival in the Kovno ghetto, where he lived and worked until its final liquidation in 1944.

Michael de Saint-Cheron
Jeruzalės šviesa: ištikimybės istorija

Michael de Saint-Cheron (1955) is a Cultural historian and essayist. He graduated from the National Institute Of Oriental Languages in Paris. He studied Judaism at the East European Jewish pedagogical school lead by famous philosopher Emmanuel Levin. Michael de Saint- Cheron dedicated his significant studies such as “Quatre lectures talmudiques”, “Entretiens avec Emmanuel Levin” for his teacher. His monographs and essays for Nobel Prize winners- E. Wiesel, E. Levin are published in USA, Germany and Korea. Author of the book “Jeruzalės šviesa” (original title: Malraux et les Juif) explores creation, life, philosophy of André Malraux for more than thirty years. This book shows us life moments of less researched significant person - André Malraux. „If there is a Jewish Question, neutrality is impossible. I am filosemite and let everybody know that“. 

Andre Malraux

Mina Levitan - Babenskienė
Master of Lithuania’s decorative textile

As has been rightly said in one of the recent reviews of her latest solo exhibitions held in Kaunas ( Gallery “Balta”, 2009) “every true artist is Demiurge, Creator. He creates his own world, peoples it with heroes, things and perceptions of his own fantasy; the more powerfully he does this, the more willingly we, the viewers, plunge into this new- for- us reality. There are artist- created worlds which attract us again and again, and help us to discover and understand something very important in ourselves…” In this sense the life- long creative work of Mina Levitan- Babenskienė- master of textile art- manifests itself as a truly vast world, nay, a whole Universe, which has a strong power of attraction. Leafing through this marvellous album you will either make a surprising discovery of- or relish once more- the amazing diversity of her tapestries and pastels.

Tatjana Jasinskaja