Zarasai marks European days of Jewish culture

The town of Zarasai, nestled in the picturesque north-east of the country amongst sparkling lakes and gently rolling hills, may be best known as a summer holiday destination, but for two days this weekend it chose to highlight a different side of its cultural history. To mark the European Days of Jewish Culture, the Zarasai Regional Museum organised three events that gave the public an opportunity to reflect on the region's largely vanished Jewish heritage.
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