Vilna (Yiddish)/Vilnius (Lithuanian)/Wilno (Polish) was the most vibrant Jewish city in Europe before World War II. It was home to revolutionaries, secular Yiddish scholars, and rabbinic geniuses. The city was claimed by several nations and occupied by many armies. Jewish Vilna disappeared during the Holocaust but its contributions to Jewish scholarship, art, and literature remain with us. Find out why Vilna was called “The Jerusalem of Lithuania.”

Michael Nutkiewicz was executive director of Oasis Albuquerque from 2010-2014. He now teaches and publishes on topics in Jewish and general European history and philosophy. Besides university teaching, he has held executive positions with agencies that work with refugees and victims of political violence. He received his PhD in history from UCLA.