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Prime Minister pays tribute to the Jews killed in Šeduva

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2021 09 24

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On Friday, Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė has visited Šeduva (Radviliškis District) to pay tribute to the Jews killed there, and has learned about the cherished legacy of the history and culture of Lithuanian Jews.

The Prime Minister has visited three massacre sites in the Pakutėtai and Liaudiškės forests.  Šimonytė has also visited the monument by sculptor Romualdas Kvintas, dedicated to all the Jews of Šeduva, and the monument at the site of the former synagogues of Šeduva.

‘Sadly, we cannot change the cruel past, but it is very important that we remember it, and that we restore and nurture the unique Lithuanian Jewish historical and cultural heritage that has survived,’ said Šimonytė.

The Prime Minister has shown interest in the Lost Shtetl Museum that is being built with private funds next to the Old Jewish Cemetery that has already been restored. The Lost Shtetl project has no analogues in the world; employing modern technologies, it presents the history, culture, and memory of Litvak towns. It is planned that the Lost Shtetl will open its doors in Šeduva in 2023.

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Holocaust in Lithuania.