Memorial plaque, dedicated to YIVO, unveiled in Vilnius
On 20 June, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius participated in the ceremony of unveiling the memorial plaque, dedicated to the Yiddish Scientific Institute (YIVO). The memorial plaque at Vivulskio Str. 18 marks the site, where the YIVO building stood from 1933 until its destruction in 1944. YIVO was established in 1925 in Vilnius and now continues its activities as the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York after its relocation in 1940.
"As a token of our respect, the memorial plaque will be found on the building that is very important to the Jewish people all over the world. Many well-known Jewish scholars have lived and worked here. Unfortunately, neither the building nor the people are here today. However, a greater part of YIVO's most valuable holdings has survived. We are glad that the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research has continued its work in New York since 1940. YIVO's merits and contribution to studying and preserving the Jewish heritage and the heritage of our multinational society are invaluable,” said L. Linkevičius.
In the next few years, the digitalization of YIVO's pre-war archives located in Lithuania will be completed and made available to the public. The publication and exhibition of a part of the valuable Jewish collection stored in the Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania in 2017 in New York was a sensational success.