June 25 – Wish I could share photos!

SO many photos!  Not all of them are repeats of what I took last year, and I’m eager to share.  Lina and I walked the streets of the large ghetto today. We spoke about the different ways material references the ghetto – large or big, small or little.  Neither of us understands why the terminology changes but if anyone knows, I’d love to hear from them.

There are so many museums, memorial plaques and other remembrances not only of the Jewish community but of the brave Lithuanians who housed, sheltered and protected Jews at a time when being identified as such would have been a death sentence. From those who cannot extend thanks, I say it on their behalf.  The Talmud tells us that one who saves a life, saves a world (Sanhedrin 4:5). It is due to the Righteous Among Nations (an honorific used by the State of Israel to identify those non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews from the Nazis) that as many Jews survived the Nazi horrors as did.

Vilnius, like all old cities is a marvel and a wonder. Everytime you walk down one of her narrow streets, you encounter something previously unnoticed.  I love old cities, and the countless and endless discoveries.

I’m frustrated right now because I’d love to be able to share what I’ve been seeing.  On the 27th we’ll be in Kaunas and I get my SD card reader back and after Lina and I are done in the archives, I’ll start sorting through all the photos and share!  Thanks for reading and being patient with me.  At least I didn’t lose my phone or camera!

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