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  • Seeking Holocaust reconciliation in Lithuania, from Los Angeles

    By Eitan Arom

    September 21, 2016 | 2:07 pm

    The Museum of Genocide Victims in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, occupies a stately stone building on a large, forested park in the city’s center. It is notably not a Holocaust museum. To find the Holocaust Exposition, look for a small, clapboard wooden building on a narrow...

  • Lithuanian towns mark 75th anniversary of Holocaust massacres of Jews

    August 30, 2016 | 11:59 am

    The president of Lithuania called the Holocaust a tragedy for the entire country at a ceremony commemorating the 1941 massacre of Jewish residents in Moletai.

    “Their memory is an uncompromising obligation for all Lithuanian people to fight against hatred, violence, discrimination...

  • Lithuanian city defends recreational events at former Nazi concentration camp

    August 9, 2016 | 9:42 am

    The city of Kaunas in Lithuania defended the operator of a former concentration camp where recreational events are held near the graves of thousands of Jews killed by Nazis and local collaborators.

    Deputy Mayor Povilas Maciulis made his defense of the Seventh Fort this week...

  • This Lithuanian concentration camp is now a wedding venue

    July 25, 2016 | 9:57 am

    In this drab city 55 miles west of Vilnius, there are few heritage sites as mysterious and lovely looking as the Seventh Fort.

    This 18-acre red-brick bunker complex, which dates to 1882, features massive underground passages that connect its halls and chambers. Above ground, the...

  • Tunnel used by Jews in Lithuania to escape Nazis uncovered

    June 29, 2016 | 9:10 am

    A tunnel in Lithuania used by Jewish prisoners to escape the Nazis has been uncovered by an international research team near Vilnius.

    The Israel Antiquities Authority in a statement Wednesday announced the discovery of the 100-foot-long tunnel at the Ponar Forest massacre site.

  • Lithuania lifts major obstruction to citizenship applications by Jews

    June 23, 2016 | 2:52 pm

    Lithuania’s parliament passed legislation that is expected to simplify the naturalization of Litvak Jews abroad and their descendants.

    Under amendments passed Thursday by the Seimas in Vilnius, Lithuanians who left before 1990 and their direct descendants may be naturalized...

  • Lithuanian mayor dismantles building made from Jewish headstones

    June 23, 2016 | 9:07 am

    The municipality of Vilnius in Lithuania began dismantling a Soviet-era structure made from Jewish headstones.

    On Wednesday, Mayor Remigijus Šimašius removed the first stone from the structure housing an electricity and heating generator on Olandų Street, his office said in...

  • NATO weighs four battalions in Eastern states to deter Russia

    May 2, 2016 | 3:35 pm

    The NATO alliance is weighing rotating four battalions of troops through Eastern member states, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Monday, in the latest proposal by allies to guard against aggressive behavior by Russia.

    The Baltic states - Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania -...

  • New book prompts soul-searching in Lithuania about Holocaust-era complicity

    February 17, 2016 | 3:40 pm

    As the author of a best-seller that deals with female sexuality after 50, the Lithuanian novelist Ruta Vanagaite is used to embarrassing questions from journalists about her private life.

    But even she was astonished when a reporter for a popular television station demanded to see...

  • Lithuanian Jewish leader seeks delay on naming alleged Nazi collaborators

    February 5, 2016 | 12:04 pm

    The leader of Lithuania’s  Jewish community supported a proposal to delay publishing the names of suspected Holocaust perpetrators out of concern for their families’ reputation and privacy.

    Faina Kukliansky, a former prosecutor and president of the Jewish Community of Lithuania,...

  • Lithuanian chief rabbi protests excavation of WWII mass grave

    July 14, 2015 | 2:43 pm

    The chief rabbi of Lithuania appealed to authorities to prevent the excavation of a mass grave of Holocaust victims in the country’s north.

    Rabbi Chaim Burshtein issued the statement Tuesday about the mass grave discovered this week during road construction work in Siauliai, a...

  • Passing an art legacy on to the next generation

    April 17, 2015 | 11:04 am

    During the lengthy visits she would have with her great-uncle and great-aunt, David and Rivka Labkovski, at their home in South Africa, Leora Raikin — who was a young girl at the time — recalls these relatives being a bit eccentric.

    David owned one pair of shoes, and Rivka — the...

  • Israel opens embassy in Lithuania

    March 13, 2015 | 1:58 pm

    Israel opened its first embassy in Lithuania.

    The event was celebrated during a ceremony Thursday, the Baltic News Service reported, in the capital city of Vilnius, where one in four residents was Jewish before the Holocaust.

    Lithuania used to have 250,000 Jews but the vast...

  • In Lithuania, Yiddish teacher becomes unlikely bulwark against far right

    February 24, 2015 | 1:48 pm

    Dovid Katz isn’t typically a hard man to miss. With his bushy charcoal beard, heavy physique and trademark all-black outfits, Katz, a New York-born scholar of Yiddish, resembles a character from a Harry Potter film.

    But at one of Europe’s more unusual neo-Nazi marches, complete...

  • 19th-century synagogue complex restored in Lithuania

    October 8, 2014 | 11:59 am

    After seven years of renovations, a unique complex made up of two 19th-century synagogues opened to the public in the Lithuanian town of Joniskis.

    The Joniskis Synagogue Complex made its official debut earlier this month, the Russian Jewish news agency AEN reported Wednesday.

  • Lessons in Vilnius

    August 7, 2013 | 1:43 pm

    Robin Solomon stood in the Ponary Forest in Lithuania, surrounded by fellow educators who wore white and sang Yiddish songs, accompanied by a violinist.

    It was a captivating and stunning experience this summer, a stark contrast to the fact that Nazis viciously executed tens of...

  • Resurrecting Lithuania’s Jewish past

    February 7, 2013 | 9:35 am

    During the course of one month in 1941, most of the thousands of Jewish residents of Utena, Lithuania, were rounded up by the Nazis, taken into the forest and murdered. Only a few dozen managed to escape.

    That episode nearly buried the entire history of the centuries-old town,...

  • Leading haredi rabbi in Israel: Say no to national service

    December 11, 2012 | 10:06 am

    The senior rabbi of the Lithuanian haredi Orthodox, Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman, said yeshiva students should not agree to enlist in National Service.

    The rabbi's decision, quoted Monday in the haredi daily newspaper Yated Ne'eman, comes a day after Israel's Cabinet approved a...

  • On restitution, a rundown of where they stand in Eastern Europe

    December 3, 2012 | 2:16 pm

    The following is a rundown of some Eastern European countries and where they stand on restitution:

    Poland: Has not enacted any form of private restitution or compensation for an estimated $30.5 billion worth of property confiscated by the Nazis, then the communists. The Jewish...

  • Memorial service honors Lithuanian Charedi leader

    July 25, 2012 | 5:20 pm

    Several hundred men and women attended a memorial service at Congregation Shaarei Tefila on July 23 to honor Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, head of the Lithuanian Charedi communities in Israel. Attendees packed into Kanner Hall on Beverly Boulevard to hear eulogies and pay respects to...

  • B’nai B’rith blasts Lithuania for honors for Nazi-allied PM

    May 18, 2012 | 10:28 am

    B’nai B’rith International condemned the Lithuanian government’s posthumous honor of Juozas Ambrazeviciu, the wartime prime minister who was a Nazi collaborator.

    The Jewish organization has sent a letter to Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite in response to the Lithuanian...

  • The Survivor Mitzvah Project’s Latvia and Lithuania Humanitarian Aid Expedition

    January 20, 2012 | 11:30 am

    Survivor Mitzvah

    The Survivor Mitzvah Project’s
    2011 – 2012
    Latvia and Lithuania
    Humanitarian Aid Expedition

    Follow Zane Buzby and the SMP as they deliver emergency aid
    and supplies to elderly Holocaust survivors.

    Watch The Survivor Mitzvah Project in action as they send video updates...

  • HOOTERS, children and me being the greatest parent that ever lived…

    By Julia Bendis

    January 3, 2012 | 12:56 pm

    Yesterday was the last day of my children’s freedom, and incidentally the last day of my imprisonment.  As I counted down the dwindling hours of winter break, I was also counting down the hours till my head was going to stop throbbing and my voice would sound human again (oppose to a...

  • Yad Vashem takes back invitations to Lithuanian officials

    September 19, 2011 | 3:53 pm

    Yad Vashem rescinded invitations to two Lithuanian officials to an annual commemoration of Lithuanian victims of the Holocaust.

    The Israeli Holocaust museum asked Lithuanian Ambassador to Israel Darius Degutis and Minister of Culture Arunas Gelunas not to attend Monday’s event after...

  • Lithuanian parliament approves compensation for confiscated property

    June 21, 2011 | 4:32 pm

    Lithuania’s parliament has agreed to pay $52 million over 10 years in compensation for properties confiscated from the country’s Jewish community by the Nazis and by Soviet authorities.

    The bill was passed by the parliament on Tuesday and still must be signed into law by the...

  • Lithuanian haredi leader, 101, undergoes successful surgery

    June 20, 2011 | 11:13 am

    Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, the leader of the Lithuanian haredi Orthodox community, underwent successful surgery in Jerusalem.

    Elyashiv, 101, underwent carotid artery surgery on Sunday night.

    Dr. Daniel Clair, head of the Department of Vascular Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic, who performed a similar operation seven years ago, was flown to Israel to perform the surgery.

    Prayers for Elyashiv were recited at the Western Wall and around the world.

    No successor has been named for Elyashiv.

  • Lithuania must finish its work in confronting Holocaust past

    March 30, 2011 | 1:22 pm

    Lithuania’s Parliament has declared 2011 a Year of Commemoration to Victims of the Holocaust. Whether this will turn out to be a disappointing empty gesture or a genuine opportunity to address unfinished issues is an open question.

    In May 1998, the presidents of Estonia, Lithuania...

  • Briefs: North Valley JCC stages return, CSULB Senate denounces Prof. MacDonald

    October 22, 2008 | 11:56 pm

    North Valley JCC Stages Return

    Don't count the North Valley Jewish Community Center (NVJCC) out just yet. Five years after the center's Granada Hills campus was sold to an Orthodox trade school in the aftermath of the JCCs crisis, NVJCC organizers have announced plans to establish a...

  • Love among many splendored things at Baltics Limmud

    By Michael J. Jordan

    March 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Inna Lapidus and Boris Kinber have been etched in the lore of Baltic Jewry.

    Activists are pointing to them not only as prime examples of Jewish revival, but of efforts to unify the small ex-Soviet communities of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

    It was two years ago that Lapidus,...

  • ‘Catch A Fire’ ignites filmmaker’s memories of anti-apartheid dad

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Shawn Slovo remembers how her Jewish parents, African National Congress activists, left home in the middle of the night to attend secret meetings. She recalls police regularly raiding their Johannesburg house and arresting her mother and father. All the while, she said, she resented...
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