In compliance with all security requirements, representatives of the Lithuanian Jewish community, diplomats and surviving prisoners of the Vilnius ghetto will lay pebbles and flowers at the monuments and massacre pits, the cantor will say Kadish – a prayer for the dead, the community announced.
“Traditionally, there was a March of the Living on this occasion, repeating the path of those condemned to death from the Paneriai railway station to the Paneriai memorial, but due to the pandemic situation, the commemoration will not be massive this year. We gather only a few who bear the responsibility for preserving the memory of the Holocaust and passing it on to future generations – this year marks the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Holocaust in Lithuania. Today, Dovydas Leibzonas, a prisoner of the Kaunas ghetto, is a witness of those terrible events with us, ”said Faina Kukliansky, Chairwoman of the Lithuanian Jewish Community.
The Speaker of the Seimas Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabrielius Landsbergis and diplomats of foreign countries residing in Lithuania intend to participate in the event.
This year marks the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Holocaust in Lithuania: during World War II, about 90 percent of people were killed. of more than 200 thousand. Lithuanian Jews.
About 100 thousand people were killed and buried in Paneriai. people: 70 thousand. Jews, 20 thousand. Polish and about 8 thousand. Russian prisoners.
Currently, about 3 thousand people live in Lithuania. Jews. During the war saved about 8 thousand. Lithuanian Jews, about the same number, survived because they managed to leave.
The Yad Vashem Holocaust Studies Center in Israel has recognized about 900 Lithuanians as the righteous nations of the world for rescuing Jews.