The Litvaks, A Short History of the Jews in Lithuania, is a book, of not only history, but one of insight into the vibrancy and the demise of the Jews and of their geographics and culture, religion and fight for survival, within the ever-changing demographics of the country.
This is a poignant book, detailing the history of Lithuanian Jews, from the 1300s through the present, detailing the end of WWII, including the Holocaust, through the present, through survivor histories.
The author manages to detail lifestyles, from banking to education, and cultural practices, and how they apply to the governmental discrimination and restrictions imposed upon the Lithuanian Jews (and, Jews in general).
I am grateful that Dov Levin undertook the research, and the writing of this insightful and informative book. I found a lot of my own familial ties inside the pages, not only the cities, and Shtetls, but the emotional and traditional ties that bind me to the past, and in particular, bind me to Lithuania.
The Jews and their will to survive, their will to keep the past within the context of the present, their strength to overcome the adversity, yet keep the devastation of the past, in the forefront, is part of my ancestral history, an innate part of me that felt, strongly, every word on every page of this excellent book, by Levin, and I have taken the knowledge garnered and applied it to my own familial roots. I will continue to strive to keep Levin´s tribute of the Litvaks a part of ancestral documentation, from mother to daughter, to son, and down through the generations.
I gratefully thank Dov Levin for this endeavor, and poignant account of a piece of history, and for giving us a compilation of the Litvak´s place in history, that we must all hold dear. Litvaks,