A Great Loss


The Lithuanian Jewish Community is sad to report the death of Isaak Kagan (b. March 13, 1929 in Kaunas), Lithuanian attorney and public figure.

From 1947 to 1952 Kagan studied at and graduated from the Law Faculty of Vilnius University. He worked as a teacher and as legal consultant for different organizations, serving as a consultant on the judicial commission as well. He was a consultant for the Justice Ministry from 1971 to 1973 and worked as a lawyer at the 2nd Office of Lawyers of the City of Vilnius from 1974 to January of 2009.

Kagan wrote and had published a number of monographs and about 50 articles on law, some appearing in the books called “Selected Speeches by Lawyers in Court” and “On the Status of the Defendant in Criminal Proceedings.” He also delivered a presentation called “Communist Regimes: Perpetrators of Ethnic Genocide” as a member of the Lithuanian independence movement Sąjūdis, which he joined in 1988. He was a member of the executive committee of the Lithuanian parliament from 1992 to 1994, a member of the Lithuanian Sąjūdis Commission for Drafting a Constitution for the Republic of Lithuania in 1992, a member of the Public Constitutional Protection Commission, the Lithuanian Council of Attorneys, the Lithuanian Citizens Charter, the Supreme Election Commission and the vice president of the Lithuanian UN Association, among other organizations.

The Lithuanian Jewish Community sends all of our deepest condolences to his wife and family.