Vilnius should establish World Litvak Museum, restore YIVO institute
Monday, September 26, 2016
Vilnius has been suggested to establish the World Litvak Museum and restore a Jewish research institute, as well as pay tribute to the memory of Jews who contributed to the restoration of Lithuania's statehood in the government building.
As a Cape Town born Jew, my life has come full circle. Although I was born after his death, my zeida, Rabbi Shimon Ze’ev Aysenberg, played an indelible influence in my life. My father, Isaac Eisenberg, born in a stable in Mogilov, Belarus, in 1922, a medical doctor and writer, spent his life interpreting his childhood memories.
Effective German cooperation with the Lithuanians became a death trap for the Jews of Lithuania. In Lithuania it was patriots – ethnic nationalists - who killed the Jews in the hopes of creating a strong ethnic state without Jews, Russians and Poles. This is what eminent German historian Dr. Christoph Dieckmann said in an exclusive interview with DELFI. Dr. Dieckmann who works at the Fritz Bauer Institute in Frankfurt am Main wrote the book “Germany’s Occupation Policy in Lithuania from 1941 to 1944”.
Jews with roots in Lithuania, known as Litvaks, have been active in applying for Lithuanian citizenship after the country a year ago amended the law to make it easier for them to do so, officials said on Thursday.
An increase in Lithuania's official emigration rate in the first half of 2017 could be due to living standard inequalities or rising prices and another possible reason is that more people reported their departure this year, experts told BNS.
Some 31,731 persons declared emigration from Lithuania in January through June this year, which is a steep increase by about 10,000 persons, from 21,248, year-on-year, Statistics Lithuania said on Monday.
Lithuania's government and ambassadors should be more efficient in provision of information emigrants about their possibilities to return, President Dalia Grybauskaitė said at a Monday's meeting with heads of the country's diplomatic missions abroad.
Lithuanians from around the globe are invited to sign the national anthem on 100 hillforts across the country on State Day, July 6, as the country prepares to celebrate the centenary of the restoration of statehood next February, the government said on Tuesday.