The rest of the awards were given to the saviors' relatives.According to the presidential decree, medals were granted to people that saved Jews form Nazi genocide despite deadly threat to themselves and their family.
During the ceremony Paulauskas declared that Holocaust "remains inerasable shame of the 20th century and is a permanent scar on the face of Europe."
The acting president emphasized that Lithuania would always remember lost lives.
During the ceremony Rabbi Chaim Burshtein held a prayer for the 6 million Jews who died during the Holocaust. The medals were granted on April 28, the day of remembrance for victims of the Shoa.