Presentation of the bilingual publication of the “Vilna Ghetto Diary” by Yitzchak Rudashevski
The Association of Jews from Vilnius and Vicinity “Beit Vilna“ in Tel Aviv hosted a presentation of the bilingual publication of the “Vilna Ghetto Diary” by Yitzchak Rudashevski. This project, initiated by the Lithuanian literature and folklore institute and Lithuanian Jewish Community, and implemented together with “Beit Vilna” and Lithuanian embassy in Israel, attracted many curious listeners – those who had a personal connection to Vilnius and its painful 20th century history, and those who were interested in this unique document in Yiddish, written by a talented young boy.
The excerpts from the diary were read and the project presented by the book editor and translator Mindaugas Kvietkauskas, art director Sigutė Chlebinskaitė and the Chairwoman of the Lithuanian Jewish Community Faina Kukliansky. Among the honorable guests were Yitzchak‘s cousins Sorė Voloshin-Kalivatsch, who preserved the diary, and Golda Messeg-Rudashevskaya. The event was attended by the Lithuanian ambassador in Israel Edminas Bagdonas and members of the Jewish communities “Beit Vilna, “Igud Iocei Lita“ and “Israelita“ in Israel.
The evening was made that much more special due to the performance by the violinist of the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra Elyakum Salzman, who himself comes from Vilnius. He played the music on one of the “Violins of Hope“ from the Weinstein family collection.
Yitzchak was the only child of the Rudashevski family that settled in Vilnius at the beginning of the 1920s. His father, Eliyahu, worked in a publishing house, and his mother, Rosa, was a seamstress. Yitzchak had a normal childhood and his family was influential, enlightened and educated. He was a talented young man, whose unique and yet ordinary voice testifies and reveals the complex existence within the walls of Vilnius Ghetto. Yitzchak and his family were murdered in Ponary in 1943.