Members of the Committee for the Preservation of Jewish Cemeteries in Europe are to come to Lithuania and visit the mass grave in Lithuania's northern city of Šiauliai, recently discovered during road construction work, the head of the Jewish Community of Lithuania said on Tuesday.
Faina Kukliansky
© DELFI / Tomas Vinickas

"We have invited rabbis, anthropologists as we don’t have information whether those are Jewish or non-Jewish remains," Faina Kukliansky told BNS on Tuesday.

Earlier this week, a commission at Šiauliai Municipality decided that the human remains from the recently-discovered mass burial site dating back to WWII would be excavated.

It was initially reported that the excavation work would start over the upcoming days but Vitalis Lebedis, a spokesman for the municipality, told BNS on Tuesday that nothing would be done until the arrival of the Jewish delegation on Monday, including Israeli Ambassador to Lithuania Amin Maimon.

Around 40 remains were found at the burial site.

It is prohibited to copy and republish the text of this publication without a written permission from UAB „BNS“.
Leave a comment
or for anonymous commenting click here
By posting, you agree to terms
Read comments Read comments

Gender equality is human right, and it is great for society. Let’s listen to Norwegians

Even though Lithuania has achieved a lot in gender equality, it is still a long way to go, especially...

Kaunas is the most innovative city in Lithuania - expert

Less talked about Kaunas startup world is experiencing a breakthrough. Products developed in city’s...

World War One memorial service held at Vilnius International Church

On Sunday November 11th a World War One memorial remembrance service was held at the Vilnius...

Pope Francis confirms Lithuanian Giedraitis as blessed

Mykolas Giedraitis, a secular Augustinian born in Lithuania in the 15th century, has been confirmed as...

Lithuania's emigration rate falls, but more people leave than arrive

Lithuania's emigration rate fell by 14.2 percent in the ten months of 2018 compared with a year ago,...