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Current events at the Tolerance Center of the Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum:

 

PANERIAI: SIXTEEN IDEAS FOR MEMORIAL RECONSTRUCTION

The Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum hereby presents to the society sixteen architectural ideas developed by Lithuanian and foreign authors in response to the announced international competition for comprehensive rearrangement of Paneriai Memorial.

Paneriai memorial has been erected to mark the place of the biggest “death plant” founded by the Nazis. During the post-war period, thousands of half-burned and mutilated bodies were unearthed there. It was there that the Nazis were killing mothers and children, old people and random civilians (dolls, combs, and other artefacts were excavated there). The new rearrangement projects, covering also the current buildings of Paneriai Memorial, are meant to mark the biggest site of the Nazi occupation regime in Lithuania and to commemorate thousands of civilians who weren’t subjected to forced labour, but fell victims to barbaric killings. It was impossible to escape from Paneriai and only one heroic attempt of the corps burners’ brigade to escape was a success (their story is told at the current Paneriai Memorial).

Paneriai Memorial is of great relevance for both Lithuania and the rest of the civilised world. First of all, it marks the historic end of a cultural phenomenon known as the Jerusalem of Lithuania. According to the existing data, as many as a hundred thousand people were killed there.The majority of them were of Jewish origin, including those who fought against Nazism, hostages, prisoners of war and other victims of the Nazi regime.

Second, it is one of the biggest sites of the Nazi crimes known as Holocaust by bullets located to the East from the River Nemunas and the River Bug, and not far from yet another similar site in Ukraine called Babij Yar.

Bearing in mind the importance of instigating humanistic values in modern Europe and the rest of the world, it is absolutely important to make sure that Paneriai Memorial leaves an indelible impression on its visitors, irrespective of where they come from. Thus, with the aim to educate the current and future young generations and to turn Paneriai into a centre of educational tourism of European importance, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania and the VGSJM announced an international competition for a design concept to comprehensively rearrange the current memorial, which is morally outdated, by placing emphasis on the authentic details found on the site.

We hereby present the submitted projects to the public at large for their review.

Markas Zingeris
Director of VGSJM

Chairman of the Commission for Evaluation of open design concepts for a comprehensive rearrangement of
Paneriai Memorial to victims of the Holocaust and all victims of Nazism




Director Markas Zingeris met with US Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat anti-Semitism

US Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat anti-Semitism Ira N. Forman paid a visit to the Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum on the 24th of July, 2014. The high-ranking US President Barack Obama‘s Administration official met with the Director Markas Zingeris, who told Forman about the main exhibitions of the museum, presented the plans for future development and shared his thoughts on the importance of the Litvak culture in Lithuania.




 



Director Markas Zingeris and Rabbi Andrew Baker

THE VISIT OF THE INTERNATIONAL JEWISH COMMITTEE GROUP


 

Donator L. Sternas hands J. Kazlauskas still life and tells about the personal discovery:
the portrait of his wife Cilia, painted by R. Chwoles

J. KAZLAUSKAS PAINTING DONATED TO THE MUSEUM

 
 
Director Markas Zingeris accepts the donation by American Fund for Lithuanian – Latvian Jews

THE VISIT OF THE AMERICAN FUND FOR LITHUANIAN – LATVIAN JEWS






The Righteous Among the World Awarding Ceremony took place on 28 April 2014 in the Government Office.
During the ceremony, 11 families of savers of Jews, 21 persons in all, were honoured for risking their lives to save Jews from Nazi-led genocide during WWII.

More information

 


 





The public procurements Commission on the Ideas of the Comprehensive Re-arrangement of Paneriai Holocaust
and Nazi Victims Memorial
gathered on its first session on the 25th of February, 2014.

 


 


Upcoming events at the Tolerance Center:

 

 

 

Modified: 8/26/2014
Information
2014.08.27

Exhibition of the artworks of Litvak artists
COLOURS AND FORMS OF FRANCE
2014 08 05 – 2014 09 28
Tolerance Centre
Naugarduko str. 10/2

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Open design concept contest for a complex arrangement
of Paneriai memorial to victims of Holocaust and all victims of Nazism

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If you wish to order the guided tour, while visiting the VGSJM please call
by phone
(+370) 262 9666 (Tolerance center), (+370) 212 7083 (Holocaust exposition)
or write muziejus@jmuseum.lt

 

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If you wish to order the educational programme, please call
mob.+370 616 55 123;

or write muziejus@jmuseum.lt

 

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 Tolerance Center
(Naugarduko St. 10/2) working hours:
Monday-Thursday: 10:00-18:00,
Friday: 10:00-16:00,
Saturday-closed,
Sunday: 10:00-16:00

 

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Holocaust Exposition
(PamÄ—nkalnio St. 12) working hours:
Monday-Thursday: 9:00-17:00,
Friday: 9:00-16:00,
Saturday-closed,
Sunday: 10:00-16:00

 

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Memorial Museum of Paneriai
(Agrastu St. 17)
working hours:

Monday-closed,
Tuesday–Sunday 9:00-17:00


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If you wish to order the guided tour, while visiting the Paneriai Memorial Site
call +370 662 89 575 or contact us by email zigmas.knope@gmail.com

 

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