The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research was founded in Vilna, Lithuania in 1925. It rise during the interwar period and rescue during the war, as well as its current digitization projects are part of an incredible story of the beginnings of Jewish European consciousness: the understanding that Jews had their own unique national history in the Diaspora – that they were not simply downtrodden, wandering, stateless minority in Europe.
Miriam Borden has worked as a researcher, Yiddish translator and tour guide of Kensington Market with the Ontario Jewish Archives. She has written about 20th century Jewish Toronto culture in the Canadian Yiddish press, and curated two exhibitions on Yiddish at the Univerity of Toronto’s Robarts Library. She is a doctoral student in Yiddish at the University of Toronto.
Zamlers in Yerushalyim de Lita: The Origins of the YIVO Institute (1.02 hr.)