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Lithuania’s first street honoring Holocaust Righteous unveiled in Vilnius

(JTA) – Vilnius Mayor Remigijus Simasius unveiled the sign of the first street in Lithuania named for a non-Jew who risked her life to save Jews from the Holocaust. The Sept. 22 ceremony was at Simaites Street, where a heavily Jewish crowd of several dozen people convened to honor Ona Šimaitė, a Vilnius University librarian […]

On Israel visit, Lithuanian PM makes pledge on Jewish cemeteries

September 10, 2015 6:24am (JTA) – Lithuania’s prime minister reiterated that all Jewish cemeteries in the country would be marked or memorialized by 2017. Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius addressed the issue during a visit to Israel this week. “Let me reassure you that the history of Lithuanian Jews and [their] memorials are very important to the […]

Lithuanian chief rabbi protests excavation of WWII mass grave

July 14, ’15 (JTA) — The chief rabbi of Lithuania appealed to authorities to prevent the excavation of a mass grave of Holocaust victims in the country’s north. Rabbi Chaim Burshtein issued the statement Tuesday about the mass grave discovered this week during road construction work in Siauliai, a city located 120 miles northwest of Vilnius, Lithuania’s […]

Lithuanian fascists march beneath swastikas near execution site of 10,000 Jews

“This march is particularly offensive because it is taking place where locals and Nazis murdered more than 10,000 Jews in one day.” Approximately 500 ultra nationalists, some bearing Nazi swastikas, marched through a Lithuanian city that during the Holocaust saw the region’s most effective massacre of Jews. Monday’s march through Kaunas, Lithuania’s second-largest city 60 […]

Lithuanian Jews defend cooperation with institution accused of anti-Semitism

The Jewish Community of Lithuania defended its decision to cooperate during Holocaust commemorations with a state-funded institution that is accused of hosting anti-Semitic exhibitions. The defense came in a statement posted Monday on the community’s website in response to a letter that Efraim Zuroff, the director of the Israel office of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, […]

Lithuanian rescuers of Jews declared freedom fighters

(JTA) — Lithuania’s Parliament passed an amendment recognizing Holocaust-era rescuers of Jews as freedom fighters. The amendment, which entitles the families of rescuers to special state pensions, passed Tuesday by a majority of 72 lawmakers present, the news site 15min. lt reported. The Jewish Community of Lithuania praised the vote. “Finally, the Lithuanian government has expressed […]

Lithuanian lawmaker: Jews only want to take money

(JTA) – Lithuania’s prime minister condemned a lawmaker for suggesting Jews are cheap and “are just looking to take from Lithuania.” “I judge this statement to be very negative and it doesn’t represent the party’s position,” Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius said Dec. 23, according to the news site A spokesperson for Butkevicius’ Social Democratic Party of […]

Lithuanian Jews to get compensation for Holocaust, Soviet occupation

(JTA) — Government officials in Lithuania said they would offer symbolic reparations to nearly 1,800 Jewish Holocaust survivors. The officials told the Baltic News Agency on Wednesday that each survivor will receive a payment of $622 this year. The compensation was also for “suffering during the Soviet occupation,” according to the announcement. Lithuanian governments have […]

Report: Estimated Jewish Population in the former Soviet Union (FSU)

Researcher Allan Miller has compiled numbers from reports and news articles over the past several years to determine the estimated current Jewish population throughout the countries of the former Soviet Union (FSU).  The breakdown within each country may not equal the total for the country because populations for some cities are missing.   Estimated Present […]