October 1, 2009 Legacy of Lithuanian Jews is Subject of Book Talk By Author Mark Ozer

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From the 1880s to the 1920s, an estimated one million Lithuanian Jews (Litvak) left their native Lita, on the western edge of the Russian Empire, due to the anti-semitism of the Czars. They emigrated to the United States and other countries throughout the world.

The cultural heritage of those Lithuanian Jews is the subject of a new book titled “The Litvak Legacy,” which author Dr. Mark N. Ozer will discuss at the Library of Congress at noon on Thursday, Oct. 15 in the African and Middle Eastern Division Reading Room, located in Room 220 of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Hebraic Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division. Tickets are not required.

Ozer, a descendant of Litvaks, is a native of Boston where he trained in modern European history as an undergraduate at Harvard University. Since his retirement as a professor of neurology at Georgetown University School of Medicine, he has written and lectured extensively on the history of cities throughout the world.

Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution. The Library seeks to spark imagination and creativity and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, programs and exhibitions. Many of the Library’s rich resources can be accessed through its website at www.loc.gov and via interactive exhibitions on a personalized website at myLOC.gov.

The Library’s African and Middle Eastern Division (www.loc.gov/rr/amed/) is the center for the study of some 78 countries and regions from Southern Africa to the Maghreb and from the Middle East to Central Asia. The division’s Hebraic Section is one of the world’s foremost centers for the study of Hebrew and Yiddish materials.


PR 09-196
ISSN 0731-3527