The Jewish community expects that more Lithuanians will come to attend Holocaust memorial events.
© DELFI / Mindaugas Ažušilis

"It is our goal to bring understanding to the people of small towns that their communities were massacred on that day. If the dates are commemorated on the scale of the towns, I believe it would carry major educational significance," Faina Kuliansky, the leader of the Jewish Community of Lithuania, told BNS, as memorial events are held across Lithuania this month.

Massacres of Jews were held by the Nazis in June through November of 1941 in more than 200 towns of Lithuania.

About 90% of Lithuania's pre-war Jewish community was annihilated by the Nazis during World War Two, often with the assistance of local Lithuanian collaborators.

Over 800 Lithuanians have been recognized Righteous Among Nations for rescuing Jews.

Kukliansky applauded the tradition to commemorate the massacred Jews in increasing numbers of communities and schools.

On Friday, the Jewish Community of Kaunas will mark the Petrašiūnai massacre, with a monument to murdered Jews to be unveiled in Dusetos.

Biržai, northern Lithuania, will host the March of the Living on Sunday to commemorate the murdered Jewish nationals, followed by a March of the Living in Molėtai on Monday.

Earlier this week, a commemorative event took place in Šeduva.

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

Lukiskes prison in Vilnius gears up for popular Netflix's series

The 4th season of the Netflix drama Stranger Things will be shot in Vilnius , with preparations...

Lukiškės Prison: bringing the past into the future

The prison complex in Lukiškės has always been a multifunctional space. At the time of its...

Lithuanian actor and director Sabulis dies

Lithuanian theater and movie actor Remigijus Sabulis has died at the age of 65, his colleague...

Gaon and Gimbutiene anniversaries put on UNESCO list

The anniversaries of two people from Lithuania have been put on the UNESCO list of anniversaries for...

Lutheran church rebuilding project will be granted special status in Klaipeda

The project aimed at rebuilding St John's Church with its tower in the Lithuanian coastal city of...