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The Fall of a SparrowThe Life and Times of Abba Kovner$
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Dina Porat

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804762489

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804762489.001.0001

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From the Land of the Holocaust to the Land of Life

From the Land of the Holocaust to the Land of Life

“Mammeh, may I cry now?” July–December 1944

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(p.177) Ten From the Land of the Holocaust to the Land of Life
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The Fall of a Sparrow
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804762489.003.0015

This chapter details Kovner's return to Vilna in July 1944. Even before his return, Kovner knew that virtually nothing was left. Almost all his high school friends and teachers had been killed at Ponar. The Hashomer Hatzair chapter, which Kovner led and fostered, had ceased to exist. Nevertheless, upon his arrival in Vilna, Kovner decided to pull himself together and operate within the new situation. He set certain immediate goals for himself and the two dozen Hashomer Hatzair members who had returned from the forests. One aim was to find and collect all the remnants of Jewish Vilna—the books and papers hidden in the ghetto before the partisans went into the forest, including those of the underground—so that the community's history could be preserved and documented. Another, more important, goal was to find and collect all the Jews who had survived and then to think about how to leave and when.

Keywords:   Abba Kovner, Vilna, Jews, Hashomer Hatzair, Jewish survivors

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