Events to Mark Day of Jewish Victims of Genocide in Lithuania and to Honor Rescuers of Jews.

Events to Mark Day of Jewish Victims of Genocide in Lithuania and to Honor Rescuers of Jews.

September 20-28

Program of events

Registration form

Preliminary program


Tuesday, September 20

3:00 P.M. Group clean-up of Jewish cemetery and public lecture, Sudervės road, Vilnius. Transportation from Lithuanian Vilnius Community, Pylimo street no. 4, Vilnius, to be provided. Prior registration required.

Wednesday, September 21

4:00 P.M. Walking tour of Jewish Vilnius. Tour free and open to the public, but prior registration is required.

6:00 P.M. Screening of film “Gyvybės ir mirties duobė” [The Pit of Life and Death]. Lithuanian Jewish Community chairwoman Faina Kukliansky will tell the story of the Kukliansky family’s survival during the Holocaust. Admission free.

Entrance is free to the public

Thursday, September 22

6:00 P.M. Concert by Adam le Adam Israeli choir, led by David Sebba, at the Vilnius Old Town Hall, Didžioji street no. 31. Free and open to the public. Lithuanian Jewish chairwoman Faina Kukliansky and Israeli ambassador to Lithuania Amir Maimon to deliver welcome speeches. The concert program will include the following songs: Holiday Evening Alone, Loved Her, Prisoner No. 9, Thou Shalt Love Thy Neighbor, Yom Kippur Prayer, Bulgarian Folk Song, In the Vineyard of Yemen, Ponar.

Friday, September 23

10:30 A.M. Unveiling of monument to the children of the Vilnius ghetto at Vilnius Sholem Aleichem ORT Gymnasium’s Garden of Brothers, J. I. Kraševskio street no. 5, Vilnius.

2:00 P.M. Holocaust commemoration at the Ponar Memorial Complex, Agrastų street no. 15, Vilnius. Transportation from the Lithuanian Jewish Community to be provided, prior registration necessary, bus leaves at 12:45 P.M.

7:29 P.M. Prayer service for beginning of Sabbath, Choral Synagogue, Pylimo street no. 39, Vilnius

Saturday, September 24

10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Sabbath prayer service, Choral Synagogue, Pylimo street no. 39, Vilnius

Sunday, September 25

11:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Conference “They Rescued Jews, They Rescued Lithuania’s Honor” to honor rescuers of Lithuanian Jews. Presentation and exhibit of Jewish calendar for the year 5777.
(Building II, Lithuanian Parliament, Gedimino prospect no. 53, Vilnius)

Conference is free but requires prior registration.

Preliminary conference program:

11:30 Registration of participants
12:00 Welcome speeches
12:15 Presentations “Apie gyvenimą šalia ir bandymus gyventi kartu: (ne)išlikę 650 metų žydų istorijos liudijimai” [About Life Together and Attempts to Live Together: [Non-]Extant Testimonies to 650 Years of Jewish History], Dr. Alvydas Nikžentaitis, Lithuanian History Institute; “Hitler, Stalin and Anti-Semitism in Lithuania, 1939-1940” Dr. Joachim Tauber, University of Hamburg, in English with Lithuanian translation; “Lietuvių politinės iliuzijos, Lietuvos Laikinosios vyriausybės ‘politika’ ir Holokausto pradžia Lietuvoje, 1941” [Lithuanian Political Illusions, the “Policy” of the Provisional Government of Lithuania and the Beginning of the Holocaust in Lithuania] by Dr. Algimantas Kasparavičius, Lithuanian History Institute.
1:15 Coffee break
1:45 Presentation “Sofija Binkienė ir jos bendražygiai. Nauji žydų gelbėtojų vardai po daugelio metų – išlikusių gyvųjų siekis įamžinti savo artimųjų, Holokausto aukų, ir savo gelbėtojų vardus” [Sofija Binkienė and Her Fellow Travellers. New Names of Jewish Rescuers after Many Years: Survivors’ Goal to Commemorate the Names of Their Relatives, Holocaust Victims and Their Rescuers] by Danutė Selčinskaja, Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum
2:00 Living testimony: Jehoshua Shochot’s recollections of the Holocaust and rescuers of Jews. Discussion.
2:55-4:00 End of conference, presentation of Jewish calendar for 5777, exhibit.

Wednesday, September 28

11:00 A.M. Ceremony to award rescuers of Jews
(Office of Lithuanian President, S. Daukanto square no. 3, Vilnius)

By invitation only.

Events to Mark the Day of Remembrance for the Lithuanian Jewish Victims of Genocide in the City of Panevėžys


Thursday, September 22

3:00 P.M. Holocaust education quiz “Who? What? Where?”

Students from six gymnasia and schools in Panevėžys to participate in a quiz about the history of the Holocaust in Lithuania.

(Ramygalos street no. 18, Panevėžys).

Friday, September 23

12:00 noon Commemoration of Day of Victims of Genocide

(at the statue “Sad Jewish Mother” on Atminties square, Vasario 16-s street, Panevėžys).

Participating: Panevėžys Jewish Community chairman Gennady Kofman, city municipality representatives and public figures.

Visit to memorials at mass murder sites in Kurganava forest, Žalioji giria and Staniūnai forest.

3:00 P.M. Screening of films Du broliai [Two Brothers] and Tai todėl, kad mes žydai… [Because We Are Jews] at Ramygalos street no. 18, Panevėžys.


Please register for the events using the electronic registration form.

Invitation and program in PDF format here.

If you have any questions, please contact us.