The Strashun Library of Vilna
Rescued from the Ashes

Jews forced to sort books by the Nazis, Vilna, ca. 1942



Jews forced to sort books by the Nazis, Vilna, ca. 1942




Holocaust -- Nazi Looting
YIVO - History
Vilna (Poland)


Jews sorting books and other documents in the YIVO building, where the Nazis established a sorting center for Jewish cultural treasures looted from YIVO and other Jewish institutions, Vilna, ca. 1942. Members of this sorting team risked their lives to smuggle out and hide materials, some of which were recovered after the war.


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YIVO Institute for Jewish Research






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