Fondų apskaitos ir apsaugos skyrius

  • Inventory and Conservation of Holdings Department
Identifier
VŽM
Language of Description
English
Dates
Level of Description
Collection
Languages
  • English
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Lithuanian
  • Polish
  • Russian
Scripts
  • Cyrillic
  • Hebrew
  • Latin
Source
EHRI

Extent and Medium

Judaica holdings are classified as primary (VŽM) and academic support (VŽMP) collections under the Museum’s statute with consideration of the extant value of the item as a museum piece. Currently around 30,000 items are being conserved. Primary collection consists of:

  1. Household decorative items, ritual equipment, tangible exhibition pieces of historical significance.

  2. Writings and documents.

  3. Photography.

  4. Visual and decorative art.

  5. Sculptor Jacques Lipchitz‘s memorial collection.

  6. Archive of Josif Shapiro (collector of ex-libris).

Creator(s)

Scope and Content

The collections include:

  1. Household decorative items, ritual equipment, tangible exhibition pieces of historical significance. Materials include metal, wood, leather, ceramics, precious metals, textiles, bone and other materials. Among these items are around 100 unique artifacts from Paneriai mass killing sites, material from the ghetto period and from prisoners, people who perished and people who survived. There are also artifacts of the Great Synagogue and from Jewish cemeteries.

  2. Writings and documents include books, press, manuscripts, posters, documents. There are 5000 items in total. 177 of them are in written form: 91 ghetto publicationsistic or literary manuscripts (21 letters, 40 books, 25 newspapers and journals). Among the various unique documents are 15 pages of Polish journalist Kazimierz Sakowicz’s diary written in Paneriai in Polish from July 1941 until 1942, a diary from the Šiauliai ghetto, and several diaries from the Vilnius and Kaunas ghettos. Personal collections of 52 persons relating to the Holocaust (documents given by survivors, documents given by family members of the survivors, documents that give information about the Holocaust).

  3. Photography: photographs, negatives, postcards (5000 items, half of which are digitalized and most of which relate to the Holocaust).

  4. Visual and decorative art: drawings, graphics, paintings (several hundred created in the ghetto period, hidden by prisoners, rescued or created by survivors after the war, donated by families of survivors); sculptures (betweet them there are rescued by the survivors), textiles, ceramics, glass, leather, metal. A (artifacts and documents from the Vilnius ghetto and Paneriai mass murder site; artifacts which belonged to Vilnius ghetto fighters).

  5. Sculptor Jacques Lipchitz’s memorial collection.

  6. Archive of Josif Shapiro (collector of ex-libris).
    

Publication Note

Holokausto ekspozicijos katalogas/Catalogue of the Holocaust Exhibition. Compiled by Neringa Latvytė-Gustaitienė, Milda Jakulytė-Vasil. Valstybinis Vilniaus Gaono žydų muziejus/Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum. Vilnius. 2011.

Lietuvos centrinio valstybės archyvo fondaI-Holokausto Lietuvoje tyrimo šaltinis/The Collections of the State Archive of Lithuania: a Source of Research on the Holocaust in Lithuania. Compiled by Galina Žirikova. Valstybinis Vilniaus Gaono žydų muziejus/Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum. Vilnius. 2011.

Parengti gyvenimui: ORT Lietuvoje/Educated For Life: ORT in Lithuania. Kilnojamos parodos katalogas/Catalogue of the traveling exhibition. Compiled by Neringa Latvytė-Gustaitienė, Viktorija Sideraitė Alon, Rachel Bracha. Valstybinis Vilniaus Gaono žydų muziejus/Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum. Vilnius. 2013.

Lietuvos žydai už geležinės uždangos/Lithuanian Jews Behind the Iron Curtain. Kilnojamos parodos katalogas/Catalogue of the Traveling Exhibition. Compiled by Milda Jakulytė-Vasil, Neringa Latvytė-Gustaitienė, Aušra Rožankevičiūtė. Valstybinis Vilniaus Gaono žydų muziejus/Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum. Vilnius. 2014.

Archivist Note

Entry written by Neringa based on survey and information provided by Inventory and Conservation of Holdings Unit.

Entry updated by Neringa on 17 February 2015.

Rules and Conventions

EHRI Guidelines for Description v.1.0

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