Save the date: Vilna – Jerusalem of Lithuania - and The Poetry of Abraham Sutzkever - konferens vid Lunds Universitet
Från Onsdag, 15. November 2017
Till Torsdag, 16. November 2017
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Dinner: 18:00-19:30


Readings of Sutzkever in Translation:19:30-21:30

Presentation and readings of Sutzkever texts in Yiddish and translations into English, Swedish, and Danish. Presenters and readers:

Dr. Heather Valencia (Research and Translator, England), Dr. Jan Schwarz (Lund University), Krzysztof Czyżewski (The Borderland Foundation, Poland), Beila Titleman (Ph.D. candidate, Åbo University) and Dr. Mindaugas Kvietkauskas (Vilnius University).


November 16, 2017 - Lund University

The Jewish religious and cultural center, Vilna – Jerusalem of Lithuania – almost ceased to exist after its destruction in the Holocaust during World War II. Only a small Jewish community was reconstituted after the war and exists to this day. However, the main memory site of Vilna today, a Jewish center since the 17th century, is its rich textual heritage in multiple languages, primarily Yiddish and Hebrew.

A group of international scholars and translators will examine the poetry of Sutzkever and Vilna - the Jerusalem of Lithuania. The main topics of discussion will be 1) minorities and nationalism 2) poetry and genocide and 3) Sutzkever in the USSR and Israel. This will be done in the form of two roundtable discussions and one session that will include faculty at Lund and Copenhagen Universities as respondents to pre-circulated papers by international scholars.

Each presenter will take 15-20 min. to present his or her paper followed by the respondent’s response and questions. The papers will be posted on the Facebook page of Yiddish in Lund prior to the conference:  https://www.facebook.com/YiddishAtLundUniversity

Introduction: 9:30-10:00


Pro-dekan Sanimir Rezic and Jan Schwarz, Lund University


Roundtable 1: 10:00-12:00 pm:


Minorities and Nationalism in Eastern Europe: The Case of Vilna


Prof. Cecile Kuznitz (Bard College, USA),

’Vilna and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research’

Prof. Justin Cammy (Smith College, USA),

’The Life and Destruction of the Vilna-Ghetto, 1941-1944’

Prof. Nancy Sinkoff (Rutgers University, USA),

’Lucy Dawidowicz’ Memoirs ’From That Place and Time’


Roundtable 2: 14:00-16:00:


Poetic Responses to the Holocaust: Czeslaw Milosz and Abraham Sutzkever


Krzysztof Czyżewski (The Borderland Foundation, Poland)

’Czeslaw Milosz and Abraham Sutzkever’

Mindaugas Kvietkauskas (Vilnius University)

’Abraham Sutzkever in a Lithuanian Context’

Jan Schwarz, (Lund University),

”Green Aquarium: Abraham Sutzkever’s Holocaust Narratives”

Respondent: Professor Thomas Brudholm, Minority Studies, University of Copenhagen


16.00-16.30:   coffee break


Session: 16:30-18:00


Sutzkever in the USSR and Israel


Hannah Pollin Galay (Tel Aviv University)

”Witness and Withness: How Sutzkever Spoke to Soviet Jews”

Heather Valencia (Researcher and Translator)

”Sutzkever in Israel and Africa: The Resurgence of Nature”

Conclusion: 18:00-18:30

Dinner: 19:00


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