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Gymnastic competition poster
Gymnastic competition of the Jewish Sport Organization in Poland, Czestochowa.
12 August 1917, YIVO.


Scissor and Iron poster Scissor and Iron‚ Our People aka The Big Prize by Sholem Aleichem, starring Rudolf Zaslavsky, The People's Theater, Vilna, YIVO.


Public health poster
"Air-Sun-Water." Public health poster issued by OZE, the Jewish health organization, and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Berlin. January 1926, YIVO.

The YIVO Institute for
Jewish Research

The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research was founded in 1925 in Vilna by European intellectuals, including Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud, to record the history and pioneer in the critical study of the culture of the Jews of Eastern Europe. YIVO's founders were tireless in collecting the documents and records of Jewish communities, years before anyone could have predicted the devastation that would befall them. In 1940, YIVO moved its headquarters to New York City.

YIVO Encyclopedia
The ‘YIVO Encyclopaedia of Jews in Eastern Europe’ is an award-winning scholarly resource which provides a comprehensive picture of the history and culture of Jews in Eastern Europe. www.yivoencyclopedia.org/

The Library holds over 385,000 books and a wide-ranging collection of periodicals. Its holdings are particularly strong in documentation of Jewish history, culture and religion in Eastern Europe; the Holocaust period; the experience of immigration to the US and the continuing influence of Jewish culture today.

Buchhalter Sisters photo card
The family of these girls owned a photography studio, which, over the years, changed the language in which its card mounts were printed from Russian to German (WWI) to Lithuanian. From ‘YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe’

The Archives hold over 24 million documents, photographs, sound recordings, posters, films, videotapes, and ephemera. They include the largest collection of East European Jewish sound recordings; 200,000 photographs; videos, films and posters documenting Jewish life from the 1900s to the present. YIVO also has thousands of eyewitness accounts by Holocaust survivors; community documents from the Warsaw, Lodz and Vilna ghettos; close to 900 memorial books from Jewish communities; the most extensive Yiddish theater collection and much more.

YIVO's books and archival treasures in over 30 languages are being made available to a new generation of scholars and students in ways that the founders of YIVO could never have conceived. The Gruss-Lipper Digital Archive on Jewish Life in Poland represents a major step toward putting YIVO’s collections online. The collaboration with Judaica Europeana will provide integrated access, enhanced search facilities and tools for researchers, students and other users.

Editor: Lena Stanley-Clamp, European Association for Jewish Culture, London
with contributions from Center for Jewish History, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research,
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