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Ark and bimah of Great Synagogue of Vilnius unearthed during archeological dig

Ark and bimah of Great Synagogue of Vilnius unearthed during archeological dig

International team working for the last several years has also uncovered the former 17th century synagogue's columns and other remains.Dan Verbin, 26/08/2021 22:21
Lithuanian government shelves plans to build on cemetery

Lithuanian government shelves plans to build on cemetery

Lithuania abandons plan to build conference center atop former Jewish cemetery.Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA, 17/08/2021 07:33
German troops sent home from Lithuania after charges of anti-Semitism and racism

German troops sent home from Lithuania after charges of anti-Semitism and racism

German NATO troops in Lithuania as part of a NATO mission accused of hateful behaviour at a hotel party.Dan Verbin, 18/06/2021 15:51
Appointment of new Lithuanian Genocide Center head criticized by WWII experts

Appointment of new Lithuanian Genocide Center head criticized by WWII experts

Center has in past come under controversy by WWII experts who accuse it of bias on Lithuania's wartime record.Dan Verbin, 23/04/2021 17:45
Lithuanian WWII government researcher fired for "whitewashing" Nazi collaborator

Lithuanian WWII government researcher fired for "whitewashing" Nazi collaborator

Head of Lithuania's genocide research center fired for whitewashing Nazi collaborator who deported 12,000 Jews to ghetto.Dan Verbin, 12/04/2021 18:36
MyHeritage Publishes Millions of Historic Jewish Lithuanian Records

MyHeritage Publishes Millions of Historic Jewish Lithuanian Records

MyHeritage, the online genealogy platform, has published a trove of Lithuanian Jewish historical records stretching back to the late 1700s.Dan Verbin, 11/03/2021 22:43
Construction documented at mass Jewish grave in Lithuania

Construction documented at mass Jewish grave in Lithuania

Construction was documented near a mass grave of Jewish Lithuanian Holocaust victims on privately owned land.Cnaan Liphshitz/JTA, 25/02/2021 22:37
Lithuanian lawmaker who blamed Jews for Holocaust quits parliament commission

Lithuanian lawmaker who blamed Jews for Holocaust quits parliament commission

Lithuanian lawmaker who suggested Jews share the blame for the Holocaust resigns as chair of the parliament’s historical memory commission.Arutz Sheva Staff and JTA, 01/02/2021 06:40
'No shortage of Holocaust perpetrators among Jews,' lawmaker Valdas Rakutis says

'No shortage of Holocaust perpetrators among Jews,' lawmaker Valdas Rakutis says

In Holocaust memorial day speech, Lithuanian lawmaker Valdas Rakutis says Jews and communists share blame.Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA, 28/01/2021 09:25
Activist who protested glorification of Holocaust collaborators to be deported

Activist who protested glorification of Holocaust collaborators to be deported

Lithuanian police holding activist who protested glorification of alleged Holocaust perpetrators.Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA, 02/09/2020 08:00
Jewish group slams top genocide museum appointment

Jewish group slams top genocide museum appointment

Alleged Holocaust distorter named top adviser to Lithuania genocide museum.Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA, 27/08/2020 20:03
Lithuanian Jews slam Putin for 'falsifying' history

Lithuanian Jews slam Putin for 'falsifying' history

Lithuanian Jewish leaders accuse Russia's president of 'falsifying' history during his defense of USSR's annexation of Baltic states.AFP, 30/06/2020 13:24
Lithuanian nationalist accused of murdering Jews touted as hero

Lithuanian nationalist accused of murdering Jews touted as hero

In Lithuania, lawmakers want to dedicate 2021 to honoring an alleged perpetrator of Holocaust pogrom.Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA, 30/06/2020 08:37
Roman Holiday: Lithuania capital turns Italian as virus stops travel

Roman Holiday: Lithuania capital turns Italian as virus stops travel

As citizens prefer staying put to international travel, Vilnius offers country-themed entertainment to perk up weekends.Vaidotas Beniusis, AFP, 09/06/2020 14:13
Chairs with fake money placed atop former Jewish cemetery in Lithuania

Chairs with fake money placed atop former Jewish cemetery in Lithuania

Tussle over plan to build conference center on grounds of former Jewish cemetery leads to protest with chairs and fake money.Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA, 03/05/2020 22:16
300th birthday of Vilna Gaon ceremony despite coronavirus

300th birthday of Vilna Gaon ceremony despite coronavirus

Lithuanian FM: 'Today near Vilna Gaon's grave I pay tribute to great Gaon, eternal symbol of history and culture of Lithuanian Jewry.'Mordechai Sones, 23/04/2020 13:27
Following Poland’s lead, Lithuania proposes a controversial Holocaust law

Following Poland’s lead, Lithuania proposes a controversial Holocaust law

Lithuanian lawmaker pushing controversial bill which would declare that the country had no responsibility for the Holocaust.Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA, 15/01/2020 07:24
Lithuania’s ruling party drafting bill exonerating nation from Holocaust crimes

Lithuania’s ruling party drafting bill exonerating nation from Holocaust crimes

Historian Efraim Zuroff slams bill as 'attempt to whitewash massive complicity' in murder of Jews.Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA, 04/01/2020 19:13
New play confronts Lithuanian complicity during Holocaust

New play confronts Lithuanian complicity during Holocaust

Lithuanian state theater stages controversial play on Holocaust complicity.Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA, 26/11/2019 08:52
Symbol recently hijacked by neo-Nazis placed on Jewish coin

Symbol recently hijacked by neo-Nazis placed on Jewish coin

Lithuania places popular far-right symbol on coin celebrating Jewish heritage.Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA, 23/11/2019 20:06
Lithuania’s Holocaust record ‘open wound,’ Israeli envoy says

Lithuania’s Holocaust record ‘open wound,’ Israeli envoy says

At genocide seminar for teachers, Israeli envoy tells history teachers in Vilnius that country's Holocaust record is an ‘open wound.’Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA, 29/10/2019 15:02
Vilnius gets first yeshiva since World War II

Vilnius gets first yeshiva since World War II

Lithuanian capital, once one of the most prominent centers of religious Jewish study that was later destroyed by the Nazis, gets new yeshivaCnaan Liphshiz, JTA, 23/09/2019 14:55
Dirt swastikas left in front of Lithuanian Jewish center

Dirt swastikas left in front of Lithuanian Jewish center

Swastikas formed out of dirt and flowers left in front of Lithuanian Jewish community headquarters.Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA, 15/09/2019 19:03
Demonstrators hang plaque honoring Lithuanian Nazi collaborator

Demonstrators hang plaque honoring Lithuanian Nazi collaborator

Plaque honoring Nazi collaborator hung in Lithuania's capital city by nationalist activists.Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA, 09/09/2019 07:37
Vilnius synagogue reopens 2 days after closure

Vilnius synagogue reopens 2 days after closure

Lithuanian Jewish community reopens only synagogue in capital Vilnius after receiving threats.Cnaan Lipshitz/JTA, 08/08/2019 22:00
Lithuania synagogue shut over threats amid collaborators debate

Lithuania synagogue shut over threats amid collaborators debate

Shutdowns lack precedent in Lithuania since independence from Russia in 1990.Cnaan Liphshiz - JTA, 06/08/2019 22:44
Vilnius: Plaque honoring alleged war criminal to be removed?

Vilnius: Plaque honoring alleged war criminal to be removed?

Vilnius mayor orders removal of contested plaque honoring alleged war criminal.Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA, 27/07/2019 22:57
Vilnius to rename street honoring anti-Semitic Nazi collaborator

Vilnius to rename street honoring anti-Semitic Nazi collaborator

City council of Lithuanian capital votes to rename street honoring Nazi collaborator accused of inspiring Holocaust murders.Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA, 25/07/2019 12:49
'Archaeologists burst into tears'

'Archaeologists burst into tears'

'Globally significant' discovery sheds light on Jewish life in Lithuania before Holocaust.AFP, 19/07/2019 13:51
Lithuania to blacklist Holocaust denier David Irving

Lithuania to blacklist Holocaust denier David Irving

Lithuanian Foreign Minister says his country will blacklist David Irving to prevent him from entering the country should he try to do so.Arutz Sheva Staff, 10/04/2019 05:41
Lawyer smashes plaque honoring Nazi collaborator in Lithuania

Lawyer smashes plaque honoring Nazi collaborator in Lithuania

Lawyer smashes plaque honoring Nazi collaborator, waits with sledgehammer for arrest.Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA, 08/04/2019 16:56
Lithuania’s genocide studies center accused of Holocaust denial

Lithuania’s genocide studies center accused of Holocaust denial

Local Jews say Lithuania’s state body for preserving the memory of the Holocaust broke the country’s laws against denying that genocide.Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA, 03/04/2019 17:08
Lithuania: Court rejects suit against honoring Nazi collaborator

Lithuania: Court rejects suit against honoring Nazi collaborator

Californian who sued Lithuanian center for honoring Nazi collaborator promises to pursue case, appeal to European Court of Justice.Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA, 27/03/2019 15:51
Lithuanian PM considering moving embassy to Jerusalem

Lithuanian PM considering moving embassy to Jerusalem

Lithuanian PM Saulius Skvernelis says he will consider moving embassy from Tel Aviv to Israel's capital if he becomes president.AFP, 19/03/2019 17:26
Netanyahu meets Lithuanian counterpart

Netanyahu meets Lithuanian counterpart

Meeting is a continuation of Netanyahu's August 2018 visit to Lithuania.Ben Ariel, 30/01/2019 04:51
Lithuanian church removes stairs made from Jewish headstones

Lithuanian church removes stairs made from Jewish headstones

Lithuania’s Evangelical Reformed Church removes headstones from Jewish cemetery installed as stairs under Soviet rule.Cnaan Lipshiz/JTA, 24/01/2019 20:36
Lithuanian judge postpones trial over deceased Nazi collaborator

Lithuanian judge postpones trial over deceased Nazi collaborator

Lithuanian judge postpones precedent-setting trial in which civil servants intend to publicly defend deceased Nazi collaborator.Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA, 16/01/2019 18:28
Lithuania defends Nazi collaborator accused of killing Jews

Lithuania defends Nazi collaborator accused of killing Jews

Defense comes in response to American activist’s lawsuit demanding removal of plaque in Vilnius honoring Jonas Noreika.JTA, 04/11/2018 13:24
Pope Francis honors Holocaust victims in Lithuania

Pope Francis honors Holocaust victims in Lithuania

Catholic leader pays homage to victims of Holocaust during liquidation of Vilnius ghetto 75 years ago.AFP, 23/09/2018 15:31
Forged Holocaust-era visas discovered in Lithuania state archive

Forged Holocaust-era visas discovered in Lithuania state archive

Son of Japanese Holocaust rescuer finds forged visas in Lithuanian archive.JTA, 15/09/2018 20:17
Netanyahu meets Lithuanian Jewish leaders at Choral Synagogue

Netanyahu meets Lithuanian Jewish leaders at Choral Synagogue

Jews still threatened with annihilation, Netanyahu tells Vilnius congregation, but Jews 'are no longer helpless'.JTA, 27/08/2018 08:37
Watch: Netanyahu visits grave of Vilna Gaon

Watch: Netanyahu visits grave of Vilna Gaon

Israeli Prime Minister tours Jewish sites in Vilnius, once known as the 'Jerusalem of Lithuania'.Arutz Sheva Staff, 26/08/2018 21:32
Nazi-hunter: How could PM praise Lithuania?-

Nazi-hunter: How could PM praise Lithuania?-

Zuroff: 'Only in Eastern Europe collaboration with Nazis included active participation in systematic mass murder.'Hezki Baruch, 26/08/2018 17:06
Nazi hunter slams PM Netanyahu's praise of Lithuania

Nazi hunter slams PM Netanyahu's praise of Lithuania

Dr. Efraim Zuroff says PM Netanyahu's comments show 'total moral failure,' says he 'obviously learned nothing' from Holocaust bill 'fiasco.'Arutz Sheva Staff, 25/08/2018 23:25
Netanyahu: Lithuania is part of my family history

Netanyahu: Lithuania is part of my family history

'My great-grandfather came from Lithuania.' Netanyahu meets Lithuanian president during Baltic trip, says visit has special meaning for him.Arutz Sheva Staff, 24/08/2018 13:31
Lithuania offers to broker talks between Israel and EU

Lithuania offers to broker talks between Israel and EU

Prime Minister of Lithuania offers to initiate dialogue between European Union and Israel in pursuit of 'compromise on int'l issues'.AFP, Arutz Sheva Staff, 24/08/2018 11:54
Netanyahu to Lithuanian PM: Thank you for your courage

Netanyahu to Lithuanian PM: Thank you for your courage

Netanyahu meets Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis, thanks him for taking a stand of "clarity, truth and courage" at the EU.Arutz Sheva Staff, 24/08/2018 02:36
Netanyahu to be first PM to visit Lithuania

Netanyahu to be first PM to visit Lithuania

PM Netanyahu to make historic visit to Lithuania tomorrow as part of rowing ties with eastern European nations.AFP, 22/08/2018 19:53
‘War hero’ taught his soldiers how to kill Jews efficiently

‘War hero’ taught his soldiers how to kill Jews efficiently

Lithuanian national hero was ‘enthusiastic’ Jew killer, local Jews say.JTA, 03/08/2018 14:22
Remains of 400-year-old Lithuanian synagogue found

Remains of 400-year-old Lithuanian synagogue found

Archaeologists find remains of Great Synagogue of Vilnius. built in 17th century and destroyed during Nazi, Soviet periods.AFP, 26/07/2018 16:40
Dutch King, Lithuanian president honor unsung Holocaust hero

Dutch King, Lithuanian president honor unsung Holocaust hero

Multi-media monument honors Jan Zwartendijk, who saved 2,500 Jews. 'Both the Netherlands and Lithuania are proud of him.'AFP, 17/06/2018 00:17
Remembering the lost Jewish communities of Eastern Europe

Remembering the lost Jewish communities of Eastern Europe

Lithuania unveils the Lost Shtetl Museum, dedicated to the small Jewish communities wiped out during the Holocaust.Arutz Sheva Staff, 15/05/2018 08:15
Event recalling Nazi massacre leaves out mention of Jews

Event recalling Nazi massacre leaves out mention of Jews

Army dress-up ‘feast’ planned at Lithuanian WWII killing site for Jews.JTA, 10/05/2018 14:11
Lithuanian bill would ban books critical of the country

Lithuanian bill would ban books critical of the country

Bill drafted following publication of book critical of Lithuania during Holocaust weighed after Poland adopts Holocaust censorship law.JTA, 03/04/2018 14:20
Lithuanian court nullifies Jewish community elections

Lithuanian court nullifies Jewish community elections

Court voids local Jewish community’s April internal elections, declaring that communal leaders have no authority to continue their rule.JTA, 28/12/2017 10:49
Lithuanian publisher recalls books by Holocaust writer

Lithuanian publisher recalls books by Holocaust writer

Books of bestselling author who broke taboos on Lithuanian complicity with Nazis recalled over comments on nationalist who murdered Jews.JTA, 30/10/2017 18:10
Promoting solution for Lithuanian Jewish property restitution

Promoting solution for Lithuanian Jewish property restitution

Deputy FM Tzipi Hotovely meets with Lithuanian FM today, discuss relations between countries and political issues.Mordechai Sones, 04/09/2017 16:31