Wilno Prepares for Conference of Scientists
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Wilno Prepares for Conference of Scientists

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Extensive preparations are being made here for the world conference of the Yiddish Scientific Institute, the only organization of its kind in the world, which will open on August 14 in the presence of delegations from many countries, including the United States.

The Institute, of which Prof. Albert Einstein is an honorary member of the praesidium, has called the conference for the purpose of laying down the guiding lines for its future work.

A “Day of Yiddish Literature” will be held at the conference, arranged by the Yiddish Pen Club, at which some of the leading Yiddish authors will discuss the problems of Yiddish literature.

There will also be a “Day of Yiddish Social Life,” at which reports will be submitted on the work of the various central Jewish organizations.


An exhibition will be held during the period of the conference, at which the collections made by the Institute in various fields will be displayed. There will also be an art exhibition of paintings and sculptures by Jewish artists, and particularly of Jewish folk art.

Visitors from abroad will be given an opportunity of visiting centers of Jewish life in Wilno and environs and other parts of Poland. Intimations have already been received that delegates will be arriving from all the countries of eastern, central and western Europe, the United States, Canada, Palestine, the South American countries, notably the Argentine, where there is a large section of the Institute, and South Africa.

The Institute has recently opened a Peretz Room, in commemoration of the twentieth anniversary of Peretz’s death; in which it is collecting materials relating to Peretz’s life and work. The widow, Mme. Helena Peretz, has presented to the Museum a large collection of Peretz manuscripts and relics, addresses presented to him by Jewish Communities and organizations, and letters and portraits. A number of famous Yiddish authors, such as David Pinski, have also presented to the Museum letters written to them by Peretz.

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