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News and updates about Lithuania

Latvia, Lithuania, offering restitution for Holocaust survivors

In a shift, Latvia and Lithuania are paying Holocaust survivors and heirs for their stolen property.

Latvia, Lithuania, offering restitution for Holocaust survivors

Lithuania pres. honors Jews who rescued books during Holocaust

In New York, Lithuania’s president honors those who saved Jewish artifacts during and after the Holocaust.

Lithuania pres. honors Jews who rescued books during Holocaust

'Our relations are going to become even stronger'

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė discuss regional issues, especially the Iranian threat.

'Our relations are going to become even stronger'

'We stand with Israel in stemming Iranian threat'

Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė speaks at AJC Global Forum: We will continue pushing for more sanctions against Iran.

'We stand with Israel in stemming Iranian threat'

Lithuanian MP’s anti-Israel post slammed as antisemitic

Vilnius prosecutor's office investigating lawmaker for antisemitism and the spread of hate speech.

Lithuanian MP’s anti-Israel post slammed as antisemitic

Lithuania marks Day of Rescuers of Lithuanian Jews for 1st time

Official commemoration ceremony honors 1,785 Lithuanians who rescued Jews during the Holocaust.

Lithuania marks Day of Rescuers of Lithuanian Jews for 1st time

Grigory Kanovich, award-wining author, dies at 93

Lithuanian-born Jew and award winning author who endeavored to tell the story of his people despite Soviet pressure, passes away.

Grigory Kanovich, award-wining author, dies at 93

Lithuania passes new law on Holocaust restitution

Good Will Compensation Law welcomed by American Jewish Committee as step toward justice for Lithuanian Holocaust survivors and heirs.

Lithuania passes new law on Holocaust restitution

Allocate over $38m for Holocaust survivors and their heirs

'Proposal is an important step to providing a measure of justice to Lithuanian Holocaust survivors and their families,' organization says.

Allocate over $38m for Holocaust survivors and their heirs

Russian TV star flees to Lithuania using Israeli passport

Ksenia Sobchak leaves Russia after her mansion searched by police as part of extortion case against her media director.

Russian TV star flees to Lithuania using Israeli passport

Jewish grave markers removed from Vilnius church steps

Jewish headstones found during renovation of Lithuanian church steps moved to city's old Jewish cemetery.

Jewish grave markers removed from Vilnius church steps

Netflix films scene in Lithuanian prison where Nazis jailed Jews

Season 4 of Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’ filmed in a Lithuanian prison where Nazis jailed Jews.

Netflix films scene in Lithuanian prison where Nazis jailed Jews

Lithuanian Holocaust memorial vandalized

Memorial in Kretinga District Municipality honoring the lives of 320 Jews who were mass murdered at the site vandalized with swastika.

Lithuanian Holocaust memorial vandalized

Lithuanian Jewish community holds fifth World Litvak Congress

Even in Vilnius will bring together Lithuanian Jewish community and Litvaks from around the world.

Lithuanian Jewish community holds fifth World Litvak Congress

Lithuanian city names cultural center after Jewish philosopher

Jewish philosopher Emmanuel Levinas is honored in a Lithuania still grappling with the Nazi era.

Lithuanian city names cultural center after Jewish philosopher

Chinese aggression: Europe raises the white flag

Little Lithuania is paying a steep price for keeping to its principles. Do not expect the EU to help. Perhaps the EU is over. Opinion.

Chinese aggression: Europe raises the white flag

Lithuania halts bike path construction near Holocaust mass grave

Following outcry, Lithuanian city of Siauliai freezes construction of bike path near mass grave of Jewish Holocaust victims.

Lithuania halts bike path construction near Holocaust mass grave

Lithuania urges local authorities to mark Jewish massacre sites

Parliamentary measure also asks municipalities to tend to Jewish cemeteries and name public spaces after righteous among the nations.

Lithuania urges local authorities to mark Jewish massacre sites

Vilnius Jewish cemetery defaced with swastika on Rosh Hashanah

Hate symbol was immediately removed from the Old Jewish Cemetery but shortly after was found again on the same sign.

Vilnius Jewish cemetery defaced with swastika on Rosh Hashanah

Ark and bimah of Great Synagogue of Vilnius unearthed

International team working for the last several years has also uncovered the former 17th century synagogue's columns and other remains.

Ark and bimah of Great Synagogue of Vilnius unearthed

Lithuanian government shelves plans to build on cemetery

Lithuania abandons plan to build conference center atop former Jewish cemetery.

Lithuanian government shelves plans to build on cemetery

German troops sent home from Lithuania after charges of racism

German NATO troops in Lithuania as part of a NATO mission accused of hateful behaviour at a hotel party.

German troops sent home from Lithuania after charges of racism

Appointment of new Lithuanian Genocide Center head criticized

Center has in past come under controversy by WWII experts who accuse it of bias on Lithuania's wartime record.

Appointment of new Lithuanian Genocide Center head criticized

Lithuanian WWII researcher fired for "whitewashing" Nazi

Head of Lithuania's genocide research center fired for whitewashing Nazi collaborator who deported 12,000 Jews to ghetto.

Lithuanian WWII researcher fired for "whitewashing" Nazi

MyHeritage Publishes Millions of Jewish Lithuanian Records

MyHeritage, the online genealogy platform, has published a trove of Lithuanian Jewish historical records stretching back to the late 1700s.

MyHeritage Publishes Millions of Jewish Lithuanian Records

Construction documented at mass Jewish grave in Lithuania

Construction was documented near a mass grave of Jewish Lithuanian Holocaust victims on privately owned land.

Construction documented at mass Jewish grave in Lithuania

Lithuanian lawmaker quits committee after anti-Semitic comments

Lithuanian lawmaker who suggested Jews share the blame for the Holocaust resigns as chair of the parliament’s historical memory commission.

Lithuanian lawmaker quits committee after anti-Semitic comments

'No shortage of Holocaust perpetrators among Jews'

In Holocaust memorial day speech, Lithuanian lawmaker Valdas Rakutis says Jews and communists share blame.

'No shortage of Holocaust perpetrators among Jews'

Lithuania: Police hold activist ahead of deportation

Lithuanian police holding activist who protested glorification of alleged Holocaust perpetrators.

Lithuania: Police hold activist ahead of deportation

Jewish group slams top genocide museum appointment

Alleged Holocaust distorter named top adviser to Lithuania genocide museum.

Jewish group slams top genocide museum appointment

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.

Lithuanian Jews slam Putin for 'falsifying' history

Lithuanian accused of torturing Jews touted as hero

In Lithuania, lawmakers want to dedicate 2021 to honoring an alleged perpetrator of Holocaust pogrom.

Lithuanian accused of torturing Jews touted as hero

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.

Lithuania capital turns Italian as virus stops travel

Lithuania: Chairs with fake money put on former Jewish cemetery

Tussle over plan to build conference center on grounds of former Jewish cemetery leads to protest with chairs and fake money.

Lithuania: Chairs with fake money put on former Jewish cemetery

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.'

300th birthday of Vilna Gaon ceremony despite coronavirus

Lithuania proposes controversial Holocaust law

Lithuanian lawmaker pushing controversial bill which would declare that the country had no responsibility for the Holocaust.

Lithuania proposes controversial Holocaust law

Lithuania drafts bill exonerating itself from Holocaust crimes

Historian Efraim Zuroff slams bill as 'attempt to whitewash massive complicity' in murder of Jews.

Lithuania drafts bill exonerating itself from Holocaust crimes

New play confronts Lithuanian complicity during Holocaust

Lithuanian state theater stages controversial play on Holocaust complicity.

New play confronts Lithuanian complicity during Holocaust

Symbol recently hijacked by neo-Nazis placed on Jewish coin

Lithuania places popular far-right symbol on coin celebrating Jewish heritage.

Symbol recently hijacked by neo-Nazis placed on Jewish coin

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.’

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

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 yeshiva

Vilnius gets first yeshiva since World War II

Dirt swastikas left in front of Lithuanian Jewish center

Swastikas formed out of dirt and flowers left in front of Lithuanian Jewish community headquarters.

Dirt swastikas left in front of Lithuanian Jewish center

Demonstrators hang plaque honoring Lithuanian Nazi collaborator

Plaque honoring Nazi collaborator hung in Lithuania's capital city by nationalist activists.

Demonstrators hang plaque honoring Lithuanian Nazi collaborator

Vilnius synagogue reopens 2 days after closure

Lithuanian Jewish community reopens only synagogue in capital Vilnius after receiving threats.

Vilnius synagogue reopens 2 days after closure

Lithuania synagogue shut over threats amid collaborators debate

Shutdowns lack precedent in Lithuania since independence from Russia in 1990.

Lithuania synagogue shut over threats amid collaborators debate

Vilnius: Plaque honoring alleged war criminal to be removed?

Vilnius mayor orders removal of contested plaque honoring alleged war criminal.

Vilnius: Plaque honoring alleged war criminal to be removed?

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.

Vilnius to rename street honoring anti-Semitic Nazi collaborator

'Archaeologists burst into tears'

'Globally significant' discovery sheds light on Jewish life in Lithuania before Holocaust.

'Archaeologists burst into tears'

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.

Lithuania to blacklist Holocaust denier David Irving

Lawyer smashes plaque honoring Nazi collaborator in Lithuania

Lawyer smashes plaque honoring Nazi collaborator, waits with sledgehammer for arrest.

Lawyer smashes plaque honoring Nazi collaborator in Lithuania

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.

Lithuania’s genocide studies center accused of Holocaust denial

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.

Lithuania: Court rejects suit against honoring Nazi collaborator

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.

Lithuanian PM considering moving embassy to Jerusalem

Netanyahu meets Lithuanian counterpart

Meeting is a continuation of Netanyahu's August 2018 visit to Lithuania.

Netanyahu meets Lithuanian counterpart

Lithuanian church removes stairs made from Jewish headstones

Lithuania’s Evangelical Reformed Church removes headstones from Jewish cemetery installed as stairs under Soviet rule.

Lithuanian church removes stairs made from Jewish headstones

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.

Lithuanian judge postpones trial over deceased Nazi collaborator

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.

Lithuania defends Nazi collaborator accused of killing Jews

Pope Francis honors Holocaust victims in Lithuania

Catholic leader pays homage to victims of Holocaust during liquidation of Vilnius ghetto 75 years ago.

Pope Francis honors Holocaust victims in Lithuania

Forged Holocaust-era visas discovered in Lithuania state archive

Son of Japanese Holocaust rescuer finds forged visas in Lithuanian archive.

Forged Holocaust-era visas discovered in Lithuania state archive

Netanyahu meets Lithuanian Jewish leaders at Choral Synagogue

Jews still threatened with annihilation, Netanyahu tells Vilnius congregation, but Jews 'are no longer helpless'.

Netanyahu meets Lithuanian Jewish leaders at Choral Synagogue