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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 14Focusing on Jews in the Polish Borderlands$
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Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774693

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774693.001.0001

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The Transfer of Vilna District into Lithuania, 1939

The Transfer of Vilna District into Lithuania, 1939

(p.212) The Transfer of Vilna District into Lithuania, 1939
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 14

Sarunas Liekis

Liverpool University Press

This chapter discusses the transfer of Vilna and the surrounding district to the Lithuanian republic in a 1939 treaty. After this transfer, the Lithuanian republic annulled the previously operating Polish laws and introduced its own legal system. The new Ministry of Education announced that under Lithuanian law the kehilah of the Jewish community, which had exercised authority during Polish rule, would have to be re-elected in May 1940. As a consequence, the kehilah's structure and its operating rules would be changed. This led the leaders of the Jewish community to petition that kehilah's status as a legal entity be restored and to allow it to continue its activities as under the laws of the former Polish state.

Keywords:   Vilna, Vilna District, Lithuania, Lithuanian republic, Polish laws, Polish rule, Jewish community, former Polish state

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