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Vilna Gaon Museum of Jewish History
Vilniaus Gaono Žydų Istorijos Muziejus



Published: 2018-06-27

On June 27-28, European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI) partners' annual meeting is taking place in the Tolerance Center of the Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum.

European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI) started its work in 2010 with financial support from the European Union. More than twenty organizations – research institutions, libraries, archives, museums and memorial sites – form the core working group of the project.
This morning, deputy director of the Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum Dr. Kamilė Rupeikaitė greeted about 70 Holocaust researchers, archivists and museologists, who gathered in the museum’s Tolerance Center.
“This year, Lithuania is celebrating the Centennial of the restored state of Lithuania, so we are truly pleased to congratulate the participants of EHRI annual meeting in the Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum, which is one of the most dynamic and active cultural institutions. It is symbolic that specialists from institutions that research and preserve the history of the Holocaust gathered in Lithuania where the scale of the Holocaust was so large. Therefore, it is very important for our museum to be one of EHRI partners and contribute to further Holocaust history research in Lithuania and worldwide”, Ms. Rupeikaitė said.
The annual meeting of EHRI partners takes place in a different country every year. Besides regular program of the annual meeting, such as discussions about yearly results and workshops, the attendees will get acquainted with the activities of the Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum and take part in guided tours in the former Vilna Ghetto, Tolerance Center and Samuel Bak Museum.
EHRI regularly organizes research and study programs, educational activities, workshops, conferences and seminars. The Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum is the only institution in the Baltic states taking part in the EHRI-2 project in the period 2015-2019. Participation in such an ambitious international project alongside such major and influential institutions as Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington (USHMM), Memorial de la Shoah in Paris, the Federal Archive (Bundesarchiv) in Koblenz and many others is highly significant for such a small country as Lithuania. Moreover, it significantly increases the visibility of the Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum on the international arena of the Holocaust research.
Photo credit: Paulius Račiūnas
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