Postage Stamp

On 10 April 2020, Lietuvos paštas (Lithuanian post) is planning to issue a postage stamp to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the birth of the Vilna Gaon. The postage stamp will be the third stamp recently issued on the theme of the Lithuanian Jews.

On 23 May 2009, the Lithuanian post issued the postage stamp ‘The Great Synagogue of Vilna’. The postage stamp ‘The Great Synagogue of Vilna’ was accompanied by the first day envelope and souvenir sheet. The stamp was created by artist Henrikas Ratkevičius. Edition: 300 000. The Great Synagogue of Vilna is the oldest synagogue built in the Renaissance period and later reconstructed, it is the spiritual and cultural centre of the Lithuanian Jews. It was the largest synagogue in Vilnius, with 25 m in length, 22.3 m in width, 12.1 m in height and with 2 m deep in the ground. The Great Synagogue was heavily damaged during the World War II and it was completely destroyed by the Soviet authorities in 1955-1957.

Another postage stamp dedicated to the Lithuanian Jewish (Litvak) community entered into circulation on 23 September 2017. The postage stamp celebrating the history and culture of the Lithuanian Jewry was accompanied by the first day envelope. The stamp featuring a Menorah (a seven-pointed candlestick, a symbol of Judaism) with an incorporated motif of Gediminas columns was created by Litvak Viktorija Sidaraitė Alon. Its edition: 40 000.

Over almost 700 years of life in Lithuania, Jews have created a rich, diverse culture. They were an inseparable part of the political, economic, cultural and social life of the country. A great many acclaimed Judaism scholars and rabbis lived and created in the country. There were world class spiritual academies, Yeshivas, where young people from many countries of the world came to study. Towns and cities had a number of successfully operating Jewish schools, societies, shops and cafes. There were over 250 synagogues in Vilnius at different times. Vilnius, otherwise called the North Jerusalem, had been a Yiddish culture hub in Europe until the World War II.

Last updated: 28-04-2020