Lithuania

  • Jewish Engineer from Vilna Returns W.w. Ii Medals

    A Jewish engineer from Vilna. Binyamin Shtein, sent back to Soviet authorities all the medals and decorations he received for his service in the Red Army during World War II because authorities rejected his family’s third application for permission to emigrate to Israel. The High Medal of the Red Conqueror was one of the medals… More ▸

  • Vilna Woman Granted Visa to Seek Cure in Israel for Sick Child

    A Jewish woman from Vilna arrived here today with her 18-month-old son who is suffering from a blood ailment which Soviet doctors have said was incurable. Mrs. Bella Tzerulmikoff left the Soviet Union on a six month visa after she persuaded Soviet authorities that a cure might he found in Israel. The child has been… More ▸

  • Memorial Services for Jewish Martyrs Held in Vilna, Minsk

    Memorial services for Jewish martyrs were held recently in the Soviet cities of Vilna and Minsk, Jewish sources here said today. In Vilna on April 24, at the site of the World War II murder of numerous Jews, hundreds of Jews turned out for a ceremony that included the laying of wreaths, the lighting of… More ▸

  • Eight Vilna Jews Send Cable to Shazar Expressing Hope for Exodus for All

    President Zalman Shazar received today a cable from eight Vilna Jews expressing “best wishes to the Jewish people for a happy festival of exodus for every one of us equally.” The cable was signed by Leopold Latzman, Rachel Rabinovitz, Boris Gutman, Jacob Feitelson, Meir Gefen, Zalman Zhelinsky, Leonard Schravkov and Elena Levin. More ▸

  • Document Shows Jews Played Significant Role in Lithuanian Partisan Forces

    A document attesting to the very significant part played by Jewish partisans in the struggle against the Nazis in Lithuania has been published here for the first time in a doctoral dissertation on “Jewish Participation in Lithuania in the Struggle Against the Germans During the Second World War” delivered at the Hebrew University by Dov… More ▸

  • Former Lithuanian Jew Receives 1971 Albert Schweitzer Award

    Prof. Emanuel Levinas, a former Lithuanian Jew, was named the recipient of the 1971 Albert Schweitzer Prize which was presented to him by Queen Juliana of The Netherlands today. Dr. Levinas, a professor of philosophy at the University of Nantorre, was educated at the Hebrew high school in Kovno. Lithuania and at the Sorbonne in… More ▸

  • Lithuanian Jews Eager to Emigrate to Israel; Proud to Be Jews

    Lithuanian Jews are “very, very anxious to live in Israel,” but have “no hope whatsoever to get out.” a relative said today after a visit to Vilna. Miss Mascha Benya, a Lithuanian-born former singer of Hebrew and Yiddish songs, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that the Jews of her native country “are so anxious to… More ▸

  • Two Jewish Literary Works Published in Soviet Union, Lithuania

    Two Jewish literary works have appeared within the boundaries of the Soviet Union and its Lithuanian Republic, it was reported here today. A volume of poems by the Russian-Yiddish poet Isaac Borisov has appeared in Moscow in Russian translation for the first time. Borisov, a World War II hero, is famous for his war poems… More ▸

  • Seven Vilna Jews Appeal to Mrs. Meir and UN for Right to Emigrate to Israel

    Seven Jews from Vilna, capital of Soviet Lithuania, have sent a letter to United Nations Secretary General U Thant, Premier Golda Meir of Israel and the chairman of the UN Human Rights Commission demanding their right to emigrate and settle in Israel, “the land of our ancestors.” The letter, made public here today, stated that… More ▸

  • Lithuanian Jewish Intellectuals Appeal to Communist Party to Permit Emigration

    Jewish intellectuals living in Vilna have appealed to the Lithuanian Communist Party to permit Lithuanian Jews to emigrate to Israel because “we are not wanted here.” The appeal was made by 26 intellectuals in a letter which was not signed because “we know well how people who had protested against flourishing anti-Semitism in the Soviet… More ▸