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First Seat of the Yivo

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First seat of the Yivo


Basic Information

Location Vilnius University, History Faculty Universiteto 7 Vilnius 01513, Lithuania
Phone number +3705 268-7187
Country Lithuania
City Vilnius

General Information

Open to visitors no
Need appointment no
Handicap accessibility no
Website http://www.judaicvilnius.com/en/main/vyi/vilna?8b208d1a2d113dade6b704e6589d1767=ef3fbaa
Geographical Coordinates 54.68716,25.27965


YIVO was established in 1925 in Wilno, Poland (now Vilnius, Lithuania) as the Yidisher Visnshaftlekher Institut, Yiddish Scientific Institute, is a source for orthography, lexicography, and other studies related to the Yiddish language. The English name of the organization was changed to the Institute for Jewish Research subsequent to its relocation to New York City, although it is still primarily known by its Yiddish acronym.

From 1934-1940, YIVO operated a graduate training program known as the Aspirantur. Named after Zemach Shabad, YIVO’s chairman, the program held classes and guided students in conducting original research in the field of Jewish studies. Many of the students' projects were sociological in nature (reflecting the involvement of Max Weinreich) and gathered information on contemporary Jewish life in the Vilna region.

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