Businessman Valdas Balčiūnas has been named the 2015 Person of Tolerance in Lithuania, the public organization “Sugihara Foundation - Diplomats for Life” told BNS on Saturday.
© DELFI / Mindaugas Ažušilis

During the award ceremony at Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania's second-largest city, on Saturday, the award was presented by Nobuki Sugihara, the son of famous Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara who saved Jews during World War Two.

Balčiūnas was recognized for his efforts to memorialise the Jewish population of Žagarė that perished during the Holocaust.

The award is presented annually to Lithuanians who openly expressed their concern about xenophobia, anti-Semitism, religious and ethnic persecution, intolerance of dissent, manifestation of radicalism and chauvinism in the political and social spheres.

This year, the organization's board selected the winner from five candidates, including Lithuanian Lutheran Bishop Mindaugas Sabutis, journalist Rimvydas Valatka, businessman Valdas Balčiūnas, psychologist Paulius Skruibis, as well as poet and public figure Sergey Kanovich.

BNS
It is prohibited to copy and republish the text of this publication without a written permission from UAB „BNS“.

Lithuanian-born American artist buried in Semeniskes

Jonas Mekas , a Lithuanian-born American artist, poet and filmmaker , often called the godfather...

Lithuanian animation returns to "Annecy"

After a two-year break, Lithuanians return to the Annecy International Animation Film Festival...

Success of HBO’s Chernobyl puts Vilnius in spotlight as prime location for filming

Tax incentive, welcoming approach by the government, and big talent pool made Vilnius an attractive...

Promising year for Lithuanian animation

In 2017-2019, the Lithuanian film industry has experienced remarkable growth. As a result,...

Chernobyl in Kaunas: revisiting the shooting locations

As all of the five episodes have already been broadcast and the holiday season has started, here’s a...