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The first meeting of the Commission for the Issues Concerning the Jewish History and Culture in Lithuania has been held

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2015 05 07

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This Thursday, in the Government building, the first meeting of the Commission for the Issues Concerning the Jewish History and Culture in Lithuania (including issues related to the preservation of the Jewish cemeteries and mass graves in Lithuania) has been held. It was attended by representatives of state institutions, the Lithuanian Jewish Community (Litvaks) and international Jewish organisations.

“Lithuania is proud of its rich history and abundant cultural heritage. I can assure you that it is very important for us to renovate the Jewish heritage sites and adapt them to the needs of the society. We must tend to these matters together: the Government, municipalities, the Lithuanian Jewish community as well as the local communities,” said the Chancellor of the Government A. Mačiulis.

During the meeting, members of the Commission discussed issues concerning the identification and preservation of the Jewish heritage in Lithuania, protection and preservation of the Jewish cemeteries and mass killing sites, the place of the culture and history of Lithuanian Jews and other related questions.

Members of the Commission agreed to formulate an action plan for the legal registration and relevant documentation of the Jewish cemeteries and mass killing sites. It was also decided to follow the action plan and preserve, manage and adapt to the needs of the society the Jewish cultural heritage sites, as well as to provide access for the society to the archival documents, and to keep compiling the list of the Jewish cemeteries and Holocaust mass graves. The Commission agreed that the long history of Lithuanian Jews and their rich culture should be fully represented in the educational plans and measures.

The Commission, chaired by the Chancellor of the Government Alminas Mačiulis, deals with issues concerning the cultural and historical heritage of the Lithuanian Jews, preservation of the Jewish cemeteries and mass killing sites in Lithuania as well as other matters related to the history and culture of the Lithuanian Jews, and to submit proposals for the Government of the Republic of Lithuania concerning the implementation of the above-mentioned goals.