Yitskhok Rudashevski's Diary Entry on an Exhibition in the Vilna Ghetto, March 10, 1943

An entry from the diary of Yitskhok Rudashevski from March 10, 1943, in which he describes preparations for the upcoming exhibition in the Vilna Ghetto.

Wednesday the 10th of March [1943]

Spring is more and more evident in the ghetto. The sun warms us. Near the walls grown-ups and children are already standing in the sun. Children raise their pale little faces toward the sun. I am busy for days at a time. In the morning at school, in the afternoon, lessons.. . .

Work is now also being done at the club. We are preparing for a Yehoash evening.1 I have written an essay, “On Reading Yehoash in the Ghetto.” In the evenings we prepare a magnificent exhibition with Friend Sutzkever, who is directing the work. Sutzkever had brought many valuable materials, manuscripts, books, photographs, from the YIVO [the Yiddish Scientific Institute, founded in Vilna in 1925]. We shall display this in a beautiful Yehoash exhibition. We have also set up a beautiful Yehoash newspaper. The preparations for the Yehoash celebration are proceeding at quite a pace, they are interesting and will certainly bring good results.2


  • 1 : Yehoash was the pen name for Solomon Bloomgarden (1872-1927), a major Yiddish-American poet.
  • 2 : Alexandra Zapruder, ed., Salvaged Pages: Young Writers' Diaries of the Holocaust, 2nd edition (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2015) 222–23.


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