VILNIUS, Sep 22, BNS – Lithuania’s Parliamentary Speaker Loreta Grauziniene and Government Chancellor Alminas Maciulis on Tuesday paid tribute to victims of the Jewish genocide at the Paneriai Memorial in Vilnius.
The government chancellor, Maciulis, said genocide was one of the most horrific episodes in the history of Lithuania: “No wars, fires or plague epidemics will be as terrible as the (developments in) Paneriai. People were annihilated here under a murderous plan. At all times of the year, day and night. Nearly all of the Lithuanian Jerusalem was annihilated here.”
On Sept. 23, Lithuania will observe the Holocaust Memorial Day, witnessing the history of the Vilnius Ghetto that was destroyed on that day in 1943.Nearly 90 percent of Lithuania’s pre-war Jewish population of about 208,000 was annihilated by the Nazis during World War II, often with the help of local collaborators.Over 800 Lithuanians have been listed as Righteous Among Nations for rescuing Jews.