Heritage officials and members of Lithuania's Jewish community note that an increasing number of municipalities are taking the initiative to clean and maintain uncared-for Jewish cemeteries and memorial sites, the daily Lietuvos Žinios reported on Thursday.
Old Jewish cemetery in Kaunas
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"Trends are really very positive. Looking after cemeteries is a municipal function and we already have many good examples," it quoted Faina Kukliansky, the leader of the Jewish Community of Lithuania (JCL), as saying.

"One of these is Kretinga, but Vilnius and Alytus are doing very well, too, and Molėtai and other municipalities have also shown their good will," she said.

Laisvūnas Kavaliauskas, chief state inspector at the Klaipėda unit of the Cultural Heritage Department, also said that the situation regarding Jewish cemeteries had changed considerably, at least in the Klaipeda region, over the past decade, with no completely neglected and non-maintained Jewish cemeteries or historical sites left.

Kretinga, a town in Western Lithuania, has recently built a fence around its Jewish cemetery, installed a locked gate and hired a custodian.

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