Traces of the Past - Learning Yiddish in Vilnius

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Yiddish used to be widely spoken in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. For centuries, it was a European center of Jewish culture. Before the Nazi occupation in 1941, half the population of Vilnius were Jewish, and their language was Yiddish. Today, there are few reminders of the city's Jewish past. One exception is the Yiddish Institute, which opened here in 1998.