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2020 Plan for the Commemoration of the Year of the Vilna Gaon and of the History of the Jews of Lithuania

Commemorations and Conferences
To hold commemorations in Vilnius and Kaunas of the 120th anniversary of the birth of Chiune Sugihara Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Quarter 1, 2020

February 2020
April 2020,
May 2020,
12-18 October 2020

To draft and circulate a letter to municipalities inviting them to hold events for the commemoration of the year of the Vilna Gaon and of the history of the Jews of Lithuania

Office of the Government,
Ministry of Culture,
Association of Local Authorities in Lithuania,
Lithuanian Jewish (Litvak) Community

Quarter 1, 2020
Cultural, Educational and Informational Activities
To hold a series of events: ‘Litvaks and Literature: Input of the Lithuanian Jews into the World Literature Heritage’ at Vilnius Book Fair

Ministry of Culture,
Lithuanian Culture Institute,
Lithuanian Jewish (Litvak) Community

Quarter 1, 2020

20-23 February 2020

To run a tolerance campaign #VieningaLietuva (unified Lithuania)

Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
Department of National Minorities under the Government of the Republic of Lithuania,
Secretariat of the International Commission for the Evaluation of the Crimes of the Nazi and Soviet Occupation Regimes in Lithuania,
Public Establishment House of National Communities,
Lithuanian Jewish (Litvak) Community

Quarter 3, 2019 - Quarter 1, 2020
To hold an exhibition of works by Vilnius-born most renowned twentieth-century Brasil’s modernist Lasar Segall

Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum,
Ministry of Culture,
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Quarter 4, 2019 - Quarter 1, 2020

28 November 2019 – 1 March 2020

To hold an exhibition at the educational establishments of Vilnius and Vilnius district featuring photographs by photo artist Rimantas Dichavičius about the old Jewish cemetery in Olandų Street, Vilnius: ‘Monument to Monument’

Lithuanian Jewish (Litvak) Community,
Vilnius Saulėtekio School Multifunctional Centre

Quarters 1-2, 2020
To develop and implement a national project of child drawing exhibitions ‘Learning about Jewish Cultural Heritage’ in schools across Lithuania Secretariat of the International Commission for the Evaluation of the Crimes of the Nazi and Soviet Occupation Regimes in Lithuania Quarters 1-4, 2020
To compile and release a series of articles in the e-publication ‘Education News’ to commemorate the year of the Vilna Gaon and the history of the Jews of Lithuania

Ministry of Education, Science and Sport,
Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum,
Lithuanian Jewish (Litvak) Community

Quarters 1-4, 2020
To provide school libraries with the ‘Diary of the Vilna Ghetto’ by Yitskhok Rudashevski.

Ministry of Education, Science and Sport,
Ministry of Culture,
Lithuanian Jewish (Litvak) Community

Quarters 1-4, 2020

To hold grand piano and chamber music concert dedicated to Jascha Heifetz, Joseph Achron and George Gershwin

Concert agency Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society Quarters 1-4, 2020

To organise a series of focused events presenting Litvak culture in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Federal Republic of Germany, South Africa, Israel, Republic of Poland, Russian Federation, French Republic, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Lithuania to the United Nations Office in Geneva, Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Lithuania to UNESCO in Paris

Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
Lithuanian Jewish (Litvak) Community

Quarters 1-4, 2020

To create an educational tourist trail ‘Heritage of Litvak Judaism, Philosophical Thought and Culture in the GDL’

Lithuanian Jewish (Litvak) Community,
​​​​​​​Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Quarters 1-4, 2020
In celebration of the European Day of Jewish Culture in Lithuania, to initiate and facilitate the development and implementation of educational and informational projects in municipalities on Jewish cultural heritage: ‘Jews in Lithuania: History, Culture and Heritage’ Department of Cultural Heritage under the Ministry of Culture Quarters 1-4, 2020
Commemoration Activities
Build a Synagogue Square Memorial in memory of the Jewish community in Jurbarkas Jurbarkas District Municipality

Quarter 3, 2019

19 July 2019

To revise the investment project by the Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum ‘Complex Reconstruction of Paneriai Memorial to Victims of Holocaust and all Victims of Nazism’ and to renovate the outdoor exhibition of the Memorial with modern means

Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum,
Ministry of Culture,
​​​​​​​Office of the Government

Quarters 1-4, 2020
To tidy up and take a regular care of the old Jewish cemeteries and mass grave sites and to place directional arrows as well as information boards or, where possible, information stands

Municipalities,
Genocide and Resistance Research Centre of Lithuania,
Ministry of Culture,
​​​​​​​Lithuanian Jewish (Litvak) Community

Quarters 1-4, 2020

Publicity and Publication Activities
To create a logo of the year of the Vilna Gaon and of the history of the Jews of Lithuania

Ministry of Culture,
​​​​​​​Lithuanian Jewish (Litvak) Community

Quarter 4, 2019

To create a medal of the year of the Vilna Gaon and of the history of the Jews of Lithuania

Ministry of Culture,
Lithuanian Jewish (Litvak) Community

Quarter 1, 2020
To prepare questions for intellectual games and quizzes in Lithuanian media ‘What do you know about the history of Lithuanian Jews?’ Secretariat of the International Commission for the Evaluation of the Crimes of the Nazi and Soviet Occupation Regimes in Lithuania Quarter 1, 2020
In cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Israel, to run a joint information campaign on social networks dedicated to the commemoration of the year of the Vilna Gaon and of the Litvak cultural heritage Ministry of Foreign Affairs Quarter 4, 2019 - Quarter 4, 2020
To disseminate information on the events for the commemoration of the year of the Vilna Gaon and of the history of the Jews of Lithuania on television and radio news programmes Lithuanian National Radio and Television Quarters 1-4, 2020
To organise the participation of The Jerusalem Post and Haaretz in major events in Vilnius dedicated to the commemoration of the year of the Vilna Gaon and of the history of the Jews of Lithuania

Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
Lithuanian Jewish (Litvak) Community

Quarters 1-4, 2020
Commemorations and Conferences
To hold an international academic conference: ‘Scholarship and Intellectuality among the Lithuanian Jews. 18th to 20th Century / Lietuvos žydų mokytumas ir intelektualumas. XVIII-XX a.’ and publish conference materials

Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania,
ilnius University,
Lithuanian Institute of History,
Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore

Quarters 2-3, 2020

21-22 April 2020

Cultural, Educational and Informational Activities

To hold a permanent and movable exhibition ‘Books do not grow on trees (Z. Kalmanovich): Preservation and Transfer of Memory’

Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum,
Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania,
Lithuanian Central State Archives

Quarter 2, 2020
To hold a permanent and virtual exhibition to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the birth of the Vilna Gaon Lithuanian State Historical Archives

Quarter 2, 2020

June 2020

To develop and implement a project ‘Kaunas Musical Guide: Historical Jewish Routes’ (7 musical routes around Jewish places in Kaunas) Concert Agency Kauno Santaka

Quarter 2, 2020

June 2020

To hold a festival of theatre performances‘Opening the pages of Jewish literature’ Secretariat of the International Commission for the Evaluation of the Crimes of the Nazi and Soviet Occupation Regimes in Lithuania

Quarter 2, 2020

To hold an international retrospective interdisciplinary art project that promotes joint projects and exchanges of Jewish artists living in Lithuania or having left it.

Public Establishment Menų vartai

Quarters 2-4, 2020
Commemoration Activities
To work out an investment project ‘Renovation and Development of Jacques Lipchitz Memorial Museum in Druskininkai’ and to submit it to the Ministry of Culture Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum Quarter 2, 2020
Publicity and Publication Activities
To issue a commemorative coin to mark the 300th anniversary of the birth of the Vilna Gaon Bank of Lithuania Quarter 2, 2020
To issue a postage stamp and a first-day envelope to mark the 300th anniversary of the birth of the Vilna Gaon

Ministry of Transport and Communications,
AB Lietuvos pastas (Post)

Quarter 2, 2020

10 April 2020

To organise the première of ‘Mordechai Perlov – I Survived Stalin During WWII’ in Lithuania Ministry of Foreign Affairs Quarter 2, 2020
To run a publicity campaign by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Israel in two or three cities: Vilnius, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem

Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
​​​​​​​Lithuanian Jewish (Litvak) Community

Quarters 2-3, 2020
To run a publicity campaign by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Israel in two or three cities: Vilnius, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem

Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
​​​​​​​Lithuanian Jewish (Litvak) Community

Quarters 2-3, 2020
To broadcast the documentary series ‘The Righteous of the World’ Lithuanian National Radio and Television Quarters 2-4, 2020
To screen the documentaries: ‘The Paper Brigade’, ‘The Good Nazi’, ‘Our Jewish Musicians’, ‘Romas, Tomas and Joseph’, ‘Fania’s Vilnius’, ‘The Snowball Rolled South’ and ‘Litvaks. From Vilnius to Jerusalem’ and others Lithuanian National Radio and Television Quarters 2-4, 2020
To run three-minute TV spots featuring facts of the history of Lithuanian Jews Lithuanian National Radio and Television Quarters 2-4, 2020
Commemorations and Conferences
To hold a World Litvak Congress, which will also play host to Jewish Folklore and Culinary Heritage Day events

Lithuanian Jewish (Litvak) Community,
Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania,
Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
Ministry of Culture,
Secretariat of the International Commission for the Evaluation of the Crimes of the Nazi and Soviet Occupation Regimes in Lithuania,
Department of National Minorities under the Government of the Republic of Lithuania

Quarter 3, 2020
To hold an event in New York to commemorate the year of the Vilna Gaon and of the history of the Jews of Lithuania Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Quarter 3, 2020

Cultural, Educational and Informational Activities

To hold an exhibition of works by Samuel Bak at the M. K. Čiurlionis National Art Museum

Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum,
M. K. Čiurlionis National Art Museum

Quarter 3, 2020
To hold an exhibition ‘Shenoth Eliyahu: Vilna Gaon’s influence on Jewish Culture in Lithuania’

Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania,
Lithuanian State Historical Archives,
Lithuanian Central State Archives,
Lithuanian Art Museum,
M. K. Čiurlionis National Art Museum,
Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum

Quarter 3, 2020
To hold an exhibition ‘YIVO in Vilnius: Beginning of the Legend’ in Frankfurt (Federal Republic of Germany)

Association Lithuanian-German Forum
Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
Ministry of Culture,
Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania,
Lithuanian Culture Institute

Quarter 3, 2020
To produce an exhibition in English ‘Whoever Saves a Life Saves the World’ and publish its catalogue

Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum,
Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
Lithuanian Jewish (Litvak) Community

Quarter 3, 2020
To produce a movable outdoor exhibition about the Jews of Dzūkija region and their cultural heritage Alytus Local Lore Museum Quarter 3, 2020
To compile and release a tourist publication on the history and culture of Jews in Šiauliai (printed and electronic versions) Šiauliai Tourism Information Centre

Quarter 3, 2020

To organise a Mototourism Rally 2020 dedicated to the historical and cultural heritage of Lithuanian Jews

Public Establishment Motobaltija

Quarter 3, 2020

May 2020,
22 August 2020

To produce a series of Teacher TV broadcasts to commemorate the year of the Vilna Gaon and the history of the Jews of Lithuania

Ministry of Education, Science and Sport,
Education Development Centre,
Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum,
Lithuanian Jewish (Litvak) Community

Quarter 3, 2020

To develop and implement an educational programme ‘Foundations of the Worldview of Lithuanian Jews’ Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania Quarters 3-4, 2020
Commemoration Activities
To hold a competition of an idea for a monument to the Righteous Among the Nations, the rescuers of Jews in Nazi occupied Lithuania

Ministry of Culture,
Genocide and Resistance Research Centre of Lithuania,
City of Vilnius,
Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum,
Lithuanian Jewish (Litvak) Community

Quarter 3, 2020

To place two commemorative signs in Vilnius for the Paper Brigade

Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum,
Lithuanian Jewish (Litvak) Community,
City of Vilnius

Quarter 3, 2020

To place a commemorative plaque in memory of the Shenderov family of musicians on Vilniaus Street 17, Vilnius

Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum,
City of Vilnius

Quarter 3, 2020
Publicity and Publication Activities
To broadcast radio documentary material dedicated to the history Lithuanian Jews Lithuanian National Radio and Television Quarter 3, 2020
Commemorations and Conferences
To hold an international academic conference: ‘Treasures of the Litvak Culture and Art: the Latest Studies’ Lithuanian Culture Research Institute Quarter 4, 2020
Cultural, Educational and Informational Activities
To hold an exhibition of works by Boris Schatz and documents from Boris Schatz home-museum in Jerusalem

Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum,
Lithuanian Culture Research Institute

Quarter 4, 2020
To produce a movable exhibition in Lithuanian ‘One of Seven Centuries. Lithuania. Lita. Lite’ dedicated to communities in Lithuania

Department of National Minorities under the Government of the Republic of Lithuania,
Lithuanian Jewish (Litvak) Community

Quarter 4, 2020

To produce a movable and virtual exhibition of Jewish military volunteers having participated in the fights for Independence

Lithuanian Central State Archives,
Lithuanian Special Archives

Quarter 4, 2020

To hold a concert ‘In memoriam Anatoly Shenderov’ to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the birth of the composer

Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society

14 November 2020
To compile and publish a methodical publication for schools ‘100 Things from the History of Lithuanian Jews’ Secretariat of the International Commission for the Evaluation of the Crimes of the Nazi and Soviet Occupation Regimes in Lithuania Quarter 4, 2020
To exhibit the ‘White Crucifixion’ by Marc Chagall

Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum,
Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
​​​​​​​Lithuanian Jewish (Litvak) Community

Quarter 4, 2021
Commemoration Activities
To draw up and launch a plan of works for the perpetuation of Vilnius Great Synagogue and for the arrangement of the surrounding area, after having agreed it with the Lithuanian Jewish (Litvak) community City of Vilnius Quarter 4, 2020
To work out project proposals for the arrangement of the old Jewish cemetery on Olandų Street and agree it with the Lithuanian Jewish (Litvak) community City of Vilnius Quarter 4, 2020
To work out a technical design for a major renovation of the structure on Žemaitijos Street 4 in Vilnius (to continue the works under the investment project ‘Memorial Museum of Holocaust and Vilnius Ghetto in Lithuania)

Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum,
Ministry of Culture

Quarter 4, 2020
To arrange and adjust for visiting the site of the eternal peace of the Vilna Gaon at the Jewish Cemetery on Sudervės Street

City of Vilnius,
Lithuanian Jewish (Litvak) Community

Quarter 4, 2020
To arrange the site of the Old Jewish Cemetery at Šnipiškės in Vilnius, present the history of the Cemetery and exhibit tombstone fragments

City of Vilnius,
State-owned enterprise Turto bankas,
​​​​​​​Lithuanian Jewish (Litvak) Community

Quarter 4, 2021
Publicity and Publication Activities
To compile and publish a book ‘History of the Holocaust in Lithuania’ Secretariat of the International Commission for the Evaluation of the Crimes of the Nazi and Soviet Occupation Regimes in Lithuania 2019-2020
To air radio lecture on the Vilna Gaon and the history of Lithuanian Jews

Lithuanian National Radio and Television

Quarter 4, 2020
To publish a collection of poems and the diary of a young litvak poet Matilda Olkinaitė in English

Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore
​​​​​​​Office of the Government

Quarter 4, 2020
To compile and publish a collective monograph on the history of the massacre in Paneriai and of the location itself (1944-2018)

Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum,
Lithuanian Institute of History

Quarter 4, 2020
To compile and print the publication ‘Reflections on a Broken Mirror. Judaica Collection at Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania’ Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania Quarter 4, 2020
To compile and publish in Lithuanian and English ‘Passport Journal / Lithuanian Jews, the Litvaks’ featuring the most prominent Litvak personalities and Litvak heritage in Lithuania and in the world UAB Post Scriptum. Littera Quarter 4, 2020
Last updated: 28-04-2020