Historian & Electronics Engineer

Ben-Tsiyon Klibansky

Born in Vilna, Soviet Lithuania.

 

B.SC. & M.SC., Electronic Engineering, Tel-Aviv University.

Ph.D., Jewish Studies, Tel-Aviv University.

 

Researching the East-European Jewry in the 19th and the 20th centuries with emphasis on the Lithuanian Jews.

 

Living in Elkana, Western Samaria. 

After many very satisfying years of innovative engineering career, I decided to make a turn to Jewish history in general and to the history of the Lithuanian Jewry in particular. 

As known, 95% of the Jews of independent Lithuania were cruelly massacred, mostly during the first months of the German invasion into Lithuania. While the designers of their murder were the Nazis, the executors were mostly the local Lithuanians - some of them close neighbors and previous friends of the Jews (read more about it in David Bankier's book, Expulsion and Extermination). 

This total annihilation erased almost completely any trace of the Lithuanian Jewry, which was very influential among East European Jews in the 19th and 20th centuries. The achievements of this Jewry were the Yeshiva world on one side and the Bundist world on the other side, the Musar movement, the "Mithnagdim", the Lithuanian Yiddish (which became standard in Yiddish literature), the Jewish Lithuanian food, and much more. All this was doomed to forgetfulness.

My parents were luckily saved from the horrible fate of their close relatives in Lithuania (why and how read in my mom's book "From the Ends of the Earth"), and myself was born after war in Lithuania. Hence I have felt a holy duty to research and tell the story of this vanished world of the Lithuanian Jewry. A beginning of it you can find at this site in the important books which you can purchase and in the interesting articles which you may download.

M.Sc.

Ph.D.

Services:

 

- Translation of documents, newspapers and letters from Yiddish.

 

- Professional guidance of trips to Lithuania.

 

- Editing Hebrew articles.

 

- Delivering lectures about the Lithuanian and the Soviet Jewries.