Lithuania's Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius paid tribute to the victims of the Holocaust in the Yad Vashem Museum in Jerusalem on Tuesday.
Yad Vashem Museum
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During the visit to the Holocaust history museum, Butkevičius and his wife laid a wreath and planted a memorial tree.

Nazis and their collaborators annihilated about six million Jews during the Holocaust, killing about 90 percent of Lithuania's pre-war Jewish population of approximately 208,000.

In a message published in his social media feed, the prime minister emphasized that the Holocaust tragedy was "a big pain to Lithuania and its people".

"The Lithuanian Jews lost in Holocaust were our fellow citizens and they will live forever in our hearts. Now our duty is to remember the victims of the Holocaust, to further promote the common values of humanity and to preserve and cherish the unique Litvak culture," said the PM.

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