Kaunas —Saturday marked the opening of a weeklong public program at the New Šančiai Synagogue in Kaunas, Lithuania, commemorating of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the beginning of the Holocaust in Lithuania. Organised by the International Centre for Litvak Photography, or IC4LP, the program is the launch and first instalment of a long-term artistic activity called the Kaunas Requiem, which involves the composition of an experimental music-based artwork that is proposed to run for a duration of seventy-five years. The program also offers the public an opportunity to engage with two of the centre's ongoing remembrance projects on the theme of the lost Jewish culture of Kaunas and its surrounds, one photographic and one architectural.
What is believed to be one of the oldest stone building in Kaunas will undergo major restoration. After the conservation-restoration works are complete, the building that faces the City Hall will regain some of its sixteenth-century façade.
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