An investigation will look into Jewish cultural artefacts that were seized by Nazis in Lithuania during World War Two.
© AFP/Scanpix

The International Commission for the Evaluation of the Crimes of the Nazi and Soviet Occupation Regimes in Lithuania decided last week to initiate several large-scale investigations in order to locate some of the stolen Jewish treasures, according to the commission's chairman Emanuelis Zingeris.

He has told the daily Lietuvos Žinios that even before the start of the Second World War the office of Alfred Rosenberg had investigated and put together inventories of rare artefacts held by Jewish organizations, libraries and museums in Eastern Europe.

"We have therefore authorized additional enquiries that will be conducted by international as well as Lithuanian researchers. I think we will send a request to the German government, since there mustn't be any doubts about that," Zingeris told Lietuvos Žinios.

Among the artefacts that could have been taken to Germany were rare incunabula that had been held in Mattityahu Strashun Public Library in Vilnius.

They are mentioned in a book by Noah Feigelman, Zingeris notes.

"There are clear references that the library had four incunabula in Hebrew, they were taken by the Germans. The incunabula were printed in an Italian town in 1475. They are priceless," he says.

Emanuelis Zingeris
Emanuelis Zingeris
© DELFI / Domantas Pipas
Leave a comment
or for anonymous commenting click here
By posting, you agree to terms
Read comments Read comments

Lithuanian president meets with British actress Helen Mirren

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė on Thursday met with British actress Helen Mirren who is...

A four day celebration of modern art

After months of anticipation, the MO Museum of Modern Art has officially opened its doors to general...

MO Modern Art Museum opening in Vilnius

MO Museum, a privately-owned new modern art museum built in place of a demolished Soviet-era movie...

First Baltic Film Festival kicking off in New York

The first-ever New York Baltic Film Festival is kicking off in the United States' biggest city on...

MO Museum provides opportunity to feel proud, promote Lithuanian artists, president says

The MO Museum of modern art, to be opened in Vilnius on Thursday, will provide an opportunity for...