Jewish Documentary Sources in Lviv Archives: A Guide

Jewish Documentary Sources in Lviv Archives: A Guide

facebook icon twitter icon email icon telegram icon link icon whatsapp icon

22.1.2024; 18:30

Conference Room of the Center for Urban History

We invite you to the presentation of the book "Jewish Documentary Sources in Lviv Archives: A Guide."

Lviv was home to one of the oldest and most prominent Jewish communities in Eastern Europe. The guide provides comprehensive descriptions of 235 archival collections related to Jewish history and culture held in Lviv's repositories. Most of these materials have been unknown to specialists in Jewish studies and have not yet been utilized in scholarship. The guide describes holdings from the 14th century until the present. It is the product of work by a team of ten researchers, working in the framework of a joint project between the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and the State Archival Service of Ukraine.

The Jewish Archival Survey in Ukraine was launched as a joint project of JTS and the State Committee on Archives of Ukraine (as it was then called) in 2002. The first volume, a guide to Jewish archives in Kyiv, was published in 2006. Since then, there have been volumes devoted to archives in Volyn' (Zhytomyr, Lutsk, Rivne), Odesa, and other southern cities (Kherson, Mykolaiv), and now Lviv. In other words, a total of four volumes have appeared to date. The Jewish Archival Survey is currently working in Chernivtsi.

The co-editors of the guide, David Fishman and Alexander Ivanov, will outline the guide's methodology and major findings. Reviewers Olesya Stefanyk and Vladyslava Moskalets will evaluate the book's contribution from archival and historical perspectives. Among the questions that will be considered: Given the destruction of the Jews of Lviv and Eastern Galicia and of their communal institutions, what is the state of the source base for Lviv Jewish history? How has the historiography on the Jews of Lviv changed since the classical work by Meir Balaban? How has international scholarly cooperation between American and Ukrainian institutions been affected by the current war?

We invite everyone to join the discussion of these topics.

David Fishman

A professor of history at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. He is the director of the Jewish Archival Survey in Ukraine and the author of The Book Smugglers on the “Paper Brigade” of the Vilnius ghetto. Fishman is also the author of the online newsletter The War in Ukraine: Jewish News.

Alexander Ivanov

A historian, archivist, and art critic. He is editor-in-chief of the Jewish Archival Survey in Ukraine from 2019. He succeeded Efim Melamed to whose memory the Lviv guide is dedicated.

Olesya Stefanyk

The Director of the Central State Historical Archives in Lviv, a major archival institution in Ukraine and Eastern Europe. Both as a director and previously as a deputy director, she actively developed a network of international cooperations, including an agreement with the Jewish Genealogical Society “JewishGen, Inc” (New York).

Vladyslava Moskalets

A researcher at the Center for Urban History and associate professor at the Ukrainian Catholic University.  Her research interests include 19th- and 20th-century Jewish history of Eastern Europe, consumer history, women’s studies, Yiddish, and linguistic diversity. She was one of the researchers at The Jewish Archival Survey project.


Cover Image: cover of the book "Jewish Documentary Sources in Lviv Archives: A Guide"

Gallery: Bohdan Yemets