Vilnius – A Garden of Eden in Times of War?

After the German attack on Poland on September 1, 1939, Vilnius became overnight one of the only places of refuge in Eastern Europe and offered temporary protection to over 30,000 Polish refugees in 1939/40. The existing Jewish infrastructure of the city granted Jewish refugees an unprecedented start-up aid for migrant life in the shadow of the incipient Holocaust in Poland. In this way, they called into being a project, which was the expression of migrant self-assertion and active Jewish resistance to Nazi terror.

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