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Tolerance center
Holocaust exposition
Memorial Museum
of Paneriai
Naugarduko str. 10/2, Vilnius Pamėnkalnio str. 12,
Agrastų str. 15,



Information for visitors


Tolerance center  Holocaust exposition  Memorial Museum
of Paneriai


Friday, the 1st of May
Sunday, the 3rd of May
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Wednesday, 24-th of June
Monday, 6th of July
Sunday, the 1st of November
Thursday-Friday, 24-25th of December
Friday, the 1st of January, 2016



New exhibition


 The exhibition will be opened from
26th March untill 18th of September
at the Tolerance Center

 The opening of the exhibition read more





Showpiece of the month








A Meditation on Basic Democratic Values

in Times of Political and Economic Insecurity


under the patronage of Kerry Kennedy

President, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights


April 30, 2015 at 11.00 a.m.

Center of Tolerance / Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum

(Naugarduko g. 10/2, Vilnius)

Literary Collage with texts by Mahatma Gandhi, Robert F. Kennedy, Hermynia zur Mühlen, Erich Mühsam, Alfred Polgar, Carl von Ossietzky, Joseph Roth, Hans Sahl, Kurt Tucholsky, Lasantha Wickrematunge, and others

Narrator Gregorij von Leïtis will read the various texts. Gregorij von Leïtis is winner of the New York Theatre Club Prize, Founding Artistic Director of Elysium and President of The Lahr von Leitis Academy & Archive.

Michael Lahr, Program Director of Elysium, will give a short introduction.

After the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989, the victory parade of democracy seemed unstoppable. 25 years later, the initial euphoria has given way to great disillusionment. Globalization, rising unemployment, retrenchment in social programs, marginalization of large societal groups: all this has led to shrinking trust in democracy and its institutions.

Since 2008, social and economic upheavals have been further aggravated by the bank crisis and the sovereign debt crisis. The economic crisis has developed into a crisis of democracy. In many places, the expression "post-democracy" has been used.

Today, the Western system of an open society based in democratic values is threatened from many sides. Especially in these times of political and economic uncertainty it seems more important than ever to remind ourselves of the great achievement democracy is, and that it is worth fighting for. The program “Defending Democracy” presents texts of authors and thinkers who, in their time, fought against undermining tendencies of dissolution and the erosion of the republic by totalitarian forces. The cry for simple solutions, the longing for a strong man who liberates us from the complex trap of a globalized world, is growing louder. The program "Defending Democracy" wants to take a stand against that.


"Turizmo plėtros institutas" prepared the publication "Let's explore Jewish history and heritage in Lithuania"
It's preparation and publication was financed by the Good Will Foundation.



 Director Michel Hazanavicius met with director Markas Zingeris

Museum Director M. Zingeris and Oscar-winning director M. Hazanavicius

Oscar-winning director Michel Hazanavicius visited Vilnius during the first days of April. Despite the busy schedule as the guest director of the International Vilnius Film Festival „Kino pavasaris“ Hazanavicius stole a moment to visit the Tolerance Center of the Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum, where he met with director Markas Zingeris. Grandfather of Hazanavicius, Jewish from Lithuania, emigrated to France at the age of 14. French director is proud of his Litvak routes and hopes that one more new department of the Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum, the future Litvak Culture Center will open its doors soon.

More information

     Writer Grigorijus Kanovičius turned 85

     Virtual exhibition

Upcoming events at the Tolerance Center:

Modified: 4/16/2015

 Dear visitors of the Museum,

commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second world war,

we invite you to share your memories and pictures about it.

Please contact us at:



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




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

or write




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




Holocaust Exposition
(Pamėnkalnio St. 12) working hours:
Monday-Thursday: 9:00-17:00,
Friday: 9:00-16:00,
Sunday: 10:00-16:00





Memorial Museum of Paneriai
(Agrastu St. 17)

From October till April the museum is opend by appointment
working hours:
Tuesday–Sunday 9:00-17:00



If you wish to order the guided tour, while visiting the Paneriai Memorial Site
call +370 662 89 575 or contact us by email,
At least one day to the planned tour


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