Oct 24, 2017
By Michael Kramer
People in the U.S. are getting a chance to view newly discovered Jewish writings – that were thought to have been destroyed during the Holocaust.
Ten documents on loan from Lithuania’s national library are on display at New York’s YIVO Institute for Jewish Research – which is partnering with the Lithuanian government – to archive the 170,000-page collection.
A librarian in Lithuania hid the documents in a church basement to protect them from the Nazis during the second world war – and they re-surfaced during a move in 2016.
The wide-ranging collection includes manuscripts by famous Yiddish writers, religious writings, poetry and record books of shuls and yeshivas.