The restoration of the Geliu synagogue
People I met
Fania Brancovskaja at the Yiddish Institute
Lara Lempert is the head of the Judaica Center at the National Library of Lithuania. Her field is the cultural history of the European Jewry, more specifically – Jewish classical texts and their integration in Jewish education in various settings; Jewish book and press; and day-to-day life of Lithuanian Jewry.
Part of the exhibit
22–23 May 2017: Opening of the Judaica Research Centre – Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania
A national cultural institution that collects, organizes and preserves the written cultural heritage of Lithuania, forming a fund for Lithuanian and foreign documents relevant for Lithuanian science, education, culture and economy, and provides library information provision services to the public.
More from the Library
The Old Cemetery
Jewish cemeteries of Vilnius – Wikipedia
The Jewish cemeteries of Vinius are the three Jewish cemeteries of the Lithuanian Jews living in what is today Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, which was known to them for centuries as Vilna, the principal city of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the Pale of Settlement of the Russian Empire. Two of the cemeteries were destroyed by the Soviet regime and the third is still active.
The Vilnius Jewish Library
Vilniaus žydų viešoji biblioteka
Vilniaus žydų viešoji biblioteka – vienintelė Žydų kultūros sklaidoje besispecializuojanti biblioteka visoje Lietuvoje.Our library is the only one in Lithuania which specifies in spreading Jewish culture in various forms
Jewish Scenes in Vilnius
The Museum of Genocide Victims – Jewish themed exhibits
The Museum of Genocide Victims
Museum of Genocide Victims – Wikipedia
The Museum of Genocide Victims (Lithuanian: Genocido aukų muziejus) in Vilnius, Lithuania was established in 1992 by order of the Minister of Culture and Education and the President of the Lithuanian Union of Political Prisoners and Deportees. In 1997 it was transferred to the Genocide and Resistance Research Centre of Lithuania. The museum is located in the former KGB headquarters across from the Lukiškės Square, therefore it is informally referred to as the KGB Museum.
Other scenes from Vilnius
Pre-Internet Viral: Songs of the Vilna Ghetto – Lithuanian Jewish Community
A Second Massacre Place and Graves
On the way back from Krekenava, Laima and I stopped at this site. I had never been there before in my previous visits to Kedainiai.
The Train Station
Previous posts about Kedainiai
First time in Pumpenai, although I was nearby in 2016.
The previous Jewish buildings in this town.
Pumpėnai – Wikipedia
Pumpėnai is a small town in Panevėžys County, in northeastern Lithuania. According to the 2001 census, the town has a population of 952 people.
My two previous visits were in 2015 and 2016
Seduva Jewish Ceremonies
I was privileged to attend the Seduva Jewish Cemetery Restoration and the two Holocaust Memorial ceremonies. This is what Sergey Kanovich, who led the project, said at the first Holocaust Memorial …
My second visit to Seduva. The first was in May 2015 when the cemetery and two Holocaust memorials were dedicated and opened Click on the image to see the post: The new Lost Shtetl memorial …
The third Holocaust memorial site outside Seduva. I hadn’t previously visited this site.
Šeduva – Wikipedia
Šeduva ( pronunciation (help·info)) is a city in the Radviliškis district municipality, Lithuania. It is located 18 km (11 mi) east of Radviliškis.
The restored synagogue at Pakruojis
I visited this time last year when it was under construction
Pakruojis & Siaulenai
I visited Pakruojis to see the wooden synagogue in the city. As you can see from the images, it is currently being restored. We previously saw that the wooden synagogue in Ziezmariai is also under …
On the road to Pakruojis
Some of the information panels
Oldest surviving synagogue in Lithuania
Rav Kook in nearby Zeimelis
Pakruojis – Wikipedia
Pakruojis ( pronunciation (help·info)) is a city in Lithuania. It is situated on the Kruoja River, which has a dam above the city. Forty three buildings of the manor, mentioned in 1531 still survive.
The town and synagogue
Laima and I meet history teacher Ruta Adamkeviciene, who kindly shows us the few Jewish sites remaining
New book by David Sandler
KRAKENOWO ~ A TOWN IN LITHUANIA ~ the story of a world that has passed
The reprint of the booklet printed by the South African Krakenowo Sick Benefit and Benevolent Society in 1961 to celebrate its diamond Jubilee. All articles in Yiddish have now been translated into English.
Contact: David Sandler
The first two articles – click Krakenowo link below to read.
Krekenava – Wikipedia
Krekenava is a town (population 2,003) in Panevėžys district municipality in northern Lithuania, on the bank of Nevėžis.
Can we squeeze under?
On way back to Kedainiai, we visit the other Holocaust site on the outskirts of Kedainiai.
Kedainiai Railway Station
The Keidaner Family tree on Laima’s classroom wall – an unique work of art!
The complex of two synagogues and the tree featuring the names of Keidaners, including my 3rd great grandfather Zalman Tzoref in the centre.
created by student Karolina Silvestraviciute
Activities at the school including my presentation, a visit to the science lab and participation in classroom activities.
English teacher Laima Ardaviciene inspires us all, seen here talking to a journalist
Another amazing contribution by Laima and her students for the TEC – Tolerance Education Centre program.
See link below
Kėdainių Atžalyno gimnazija – Tolerancijos ugdymo centras
Kedainiai Atzalynas Gymnasium – Tolerance Educational Center
Our tour of the local regional museum.
Images from the Jewish cemetery
Giedre Guzaviciene and Arūnė Levuškinienė, teachers at Kalvarija Gimnazija meeting me in Marijampole