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Jews and non-Jews in Lithuania:Coexistence, Cooperation, Violence

International Conference in association with the Institute of Polish Jewish Studies, Oxford,Institute of Jewish Studies, University College London,in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania.

The history of Lithuanian-Jewish communities has been marked not only by a continuity of religious tradition, but also by cultural dynamism. This conference offers insights into Lithuanian-Jewish culture, seeks to throw light on the complex history of Lithuanian-Jewish relations, including their cruel and traumatic disintegration during World War Two, and attempts to assess the contemporary situation in a European context.

Monday 17 December 2012,

3pm-7pm AFTERNOON EVENT AND EVENING RECEPTION Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania, Lithuania House,2 Bessborough Gardens, London SW1V 2JE

FREE OF CHARGE BUT PRE-REGISTRATION ESSENTIAL

amb.uk@urm.lt or tel. 020 7592 2841

Tuesday 18 December 2012,

9.30am-6.30pm LECTURES FROM DISTINGUISHED SPEAKERSJZ Young Lecture Theatre,Anatomy Building, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT RESERVATION IS ESSENTIAL. REGISTRATION FEE £12, CONCESSIONS (students, seniors) £6, PLUS ONLINE BOOKING FEE.Refreshments and a kosher buffet lunch are included in the price.

Registration on-line: http://lithuaniaconference.eventbrite.co.uk/By post: cheques made out to Institute of Polish Jewish Studies and sent to IPJS,66 Esmond Road, London, W4 1JF

For all enquiries: Sara Benisaac, Institute of Jewish Studies, UCL,email: s.benisaac@ucl.ac.uk

Wednesday 19 December 2012,

7pm CONCERT - DUO VERSUS, VIOLIN AND ACCORDION FREE OF CHARGE BUT PRE-REGISTRATION ESSENTIALamb.uk@urm.lt or tel. 020 7592 2841Sandy’s Row Synagogue, 4a Sandy’s Row, London E1 7HW

The conference marks the launch of POLIN VOLUME 25 Polin. Studies in Polish Jewry:Jews in the former Grand Duchy of Lithuania since 1772

                                   PROGRAMME 

Monday December 17th 2012

THIS EVENT IS FREE OF CHARGE

Venue: Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania, Lithuania House, 2 Bessborough Gardens, London SW1V 2JE

3pm  No Simple Stories II: Jewish/Lithuanian relations in historical perspectivePLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS ORGANISED BY THE EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA WHO REQUIRE A SEPARATE RSVP FOR SECURITY REASONS.  IF YOU PLAN TO GO PLEASE SEND NAME, ADDRESS AND CONTACT DETAILS TO amb.uk@urm.lt, or call 020 7592 2841. ADMISSION IS STRICTLY BY PRE-REGISTRATION ONLY15.00 Registration

15.30 Welcome speech by HE Ms. Asta Skaisgirytė Liauškienė, Ambassador of Lithuania in the UK         Welcome speech by Mr Vivien Wineman, President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews

15.40  Presentation by  Dr Darius Staliūnas – Pragmatic Alliances published by the Lithuanian Institute of History. The book is dedicated to the political cooperation between Jews and Lithuanians in the beginning of the 20th century in establishing the Republic of Lithuania. Followed by discussion chaired by Mr Leonidas Donskis, MEP

16.35 Presentation of The Northern Jerusalem initiative by Ms Anna Avidan, CEO

16.50 Coffee break

17.10 Dr François Guesnet - the conference proceedings of  No Simple Stories: re-assessing Lithuanian-Jewish relations in the 19th and 20th centuriesComments by Dr Lionel Kopelowitz, President, Board of Deputies of British Jews 1985-1991, Professor Evan Zimroth, Queens College, The City University of New YorkPresentation by the Centre of Litvaks Culture and Arts in Vilnius (Vilna Gaon Jewish State Museum)

18.30 Reception and opening of exhibition of Jewish folk theatre posters from Vilnius (all food will be kosher).

Tuesday December 18th 2012

RESERVATION ESSENTIAL. REGISTRATION FEE £12, CONCESSIONS (students, seniors) £6, PLUS ONLINE BOOKING FEE.Refreshments and a kosher buffet lunch are included in the price.Registration on-line: http://lithuaniaconference.eventbrite.co.uk/By post: cheques made out to Institute of Polish Jewish Studies and sent to IPJS,66 Esmond Road, London, W4 1JF Venue: JZ Young lecture theatre, Anatomy Building, UCL, Gower Street (just south of the main UCL entrance)Refreshments will be available from 9.30am in the Gavin de Beer room, Anatomy building

10.00 a.m. Welcome

Chair: Mr Ben Helfgott, Chairman of the Institute for Polish-Jewish StudiesHE Ms Asta Skaisgirytė-Liauškienė, Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania Opening Remarks: Sir Sigmund Sternberg, President of the Institute for Polish-Jewish Studies

10.15 am: Morning Session - What is a Litvak?Chair: Professor Michael Berkowitz (UCL)Dr Benjamin Brown (Hebrew University, Jerusalem): From "Habit" to "Heart": Spirituality and De-routinization in the Musar Movement.Professor Antony Polonsky (Brandeis University), The Origins of the Litvak identity.Dr Irena Veisaite (Open Society Fund Lithuania, Vilnius), Lithuanian Jewish Life after War and Communism: Personal Reflections.

12:30: Kosher buffet lunch in the Gavin de Beer room

2 pm: Afternoon Session 1 - Aspects of Lithuanian-Jewish Interaction in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuriesChair: Professsor Antony PolonskyDr Darius Staliūnas (Institute of History, Vilnius), Antisemitism in Lithuanian Political Culture in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.Dr Vladas Sirutavičius (Institute of History, Vilnius), "A close, but very suspicious and dangerous neighbour": Outbreaks of antisemitism in inter-war Lithuania.Professor Saulius Sužiedėlis (Professor Emeritus of History, Millersville University of Pennsylvania), The Holocaust in Lithuania: The Main Historiographical Problems.4 pm: Refreshments in the Gavin de Beer room

4:30 pm: Afternoon Session 2- Contemporary Lithuanian-Jewish Relations in the European Context.Mr Roger Cohen (New York Times)Dr Leonidas Donskis (Member of the European Parliament)Professor Šarūnas Liekis (Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas)Professor Andrzej Żbikowski (Jewish Historical Institute, Warsaw)

6 pm: Conclusion: FilmJewish Life in Vilna1939, Poland, 10 minutes. Produced by Yitzhak Goskin

Wednesday December 19th 2012 THIS EVENT IS FREE OF CHARGE Venue: Sandys Row Synagogue 4a Sandy's Row  London E1 7HW

7pm Concert DUO VERSUS is the pairing of two like-minded musicians (Abe McWilliams, violin, Martynas Levickis, accordion) who passionately explore the diverse repertoire possibilities of the union between the violin and the accordion. As well as arranging and performing transcriptions of sonatas for violin and piano, Duo Versus also delves into other genres and styles from tango, improvisation and folk music to commissioning contemporary works by living composers. Having performed in venues in both UK and Lithuania, notably with performances in the Christopher Summer Festival in Vilnius, Lithuania, August 2012, the duo has been praised for their captivating and creative playing, as well as their unique appearance on stage and innovative use of stage designs and costumes to create an effect which is different to most traditional ensembles.

ADMISSION STRICTLY BY RSVP ONLY  to amb.uk@urm.lt 0207 7592 2841Supported by THE MINISTRY OF CULTURE OF THE REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA The conference has been made possible by generous support from the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania, the American Association for Polish Jewish Studies, the Polish Cultural Institute London, and other supporters.

Further details from Institute of Jewish Studiesijs@ucl.ac.uk020 7679 3520

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