The anniversaries of two people from Lithuania have been put on the UNESCO list of anniversaries for 2020-2021, the Lithuanian National Commission for UNESCO said.
2020 will mark the 300th anniversary of Rabbi Elijah ben Solomon Zalman (1720-1797), the Gaon of Vilna.
The inclusion of this anniversary was backed by Belarus, Poland, the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, the UK-based Institute for Polish-Jewish Studies, the Lithuanian commission said.
2021 will mark the 100th anniversary of Marija Birutė Alseikaitė-Gimbutienė (aka Marija Gimbutas, 1921-1994), the Lithuanian archeologist, anthropologist and archeomythology pioneer. The inclusion of this anniversary was backed by Latvia, Germany and the Alumni Association of Pacific University.
In exchange, Lithuania backed the inclusions of other anniversaries into the UNESCO list.
In all, the UNESCO list of anniversaries for 2020–2021 includes people with achievements in the fields of culture, education and science from 59 countries.