National Memorial Day for the Genocide of Lithuanian Jews


2018 09 23


The 23rd September is the Holocaust Memorial Day, on which the victims are commemorated. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the abolition of the Vilnius Jewish Ghetto where 40,000 people were concentrated by force. A large part of them were taken to Nazi concentration camps or killed in Paneriai.

On Sunday, Minister of Culture Liana Ruokytė-Jonsson participated in the ceremony of honouring the victims of the Holocaust in Paneriai and, on behalf of the Government, laid a wreath at the monument commemorating the victims of the Holocaust.

‘The tragedy of the Jewish people is the tragedy of Lithuania, the state lost hundreds of thousands of its citizens to the fires of the Holocaust. The Jews contributed to the creation of the Lithuanian state and deeply affected all areas of life, enriching it with their unique cultural heritage. Together with all of you I bow my head to remember the victims of the Lithuanian Jewish genocide and believe that today we are strong and united enough to prevent such tragedies from happening again’, says Minister of Culture Ruokytė-Jonsson.

In three years, between 1941 and 1944, about 90 percent of Lithuanian Jews – about 200 thousand people – were killed. Since 1990, the memory of the victims of the Lithuanian Jewish genocide has been honored on the day of the abolishment of the Vilnius Ghetto.