Lithuanian foreign ministry to host Holocaust Remembrance Day event

  • 2020-01-28
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS - The Lithuanian Foreign Ministry is hosting on Tuesday an event to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day. 

The event will feature the opening of an exhibition of photographs by Saulius Paukstis, entitled "Historical Spaces of the Jewish Community in Lithuania, and the presentation of a second documentary series on "Righteous Among the Nations" by author and producer Dominykas Kubilius. 

The event is expected to be attended by representatives of the Lithuanian Jewish Community, former prisoners of the ghettos of Vilnius and Kaunas, foreign diplomats residing in Lithuania, and members of various cultural organizations. 

The speakers include Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius, Yossef Levy, Israel's ambassador to Lithuania, and Faina Kukliansky, the chairwoman of the Lithuanian Jewish Community.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day is commemorated on January 27th, the date in 1945 on which Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi concentration and death camp, was liberated. Around 1.5 million people, including over 1 million Jews, were killed there. 

The Nazis and their local collaborators killed over 90 percent of Lithuania's pre-war Jewish population of over 200,000 during the Holocaust. About 800 Lithuanians have been declared Righteous Among the Nations for saving Jews.