Posts tagged as monument

Vilnius to build monument for people who saved Jews during war

Friday, December 18, 2020

Vilnius has received 14 proposals in an open tender to build a monument for people who saved Jews in Lithuania during the Second World War, according to a press release by the municipality. The monument will be built in a public space near Onos Šimaitės Street, where a memorial stone was previously placed by the Lithuanian Jewish Community (LŽB). Lithuania has dedicated the year 2020 to the Vilna Gaon and…

Kaunas unveils monument to Japanese diplomat

Monday, October 19, 2020

A monument to Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat who saved thousands of Lithuanian Jews by issuing them visas during World War Two, has been unveiled in Kaunas. The sculpture, designed by Martynas Gaubas, depicts origami cranes that, he says, symbolise freedom. An inscription, in Lithuanian, Japanese, English and Yiddish, reads “Whoever saves a life, saves the world”. “It may seem that the terrible events that happened long ago in the…

Monument to anti-Soviet resistance commander unveiled in Vilnius

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

A monument to Adolfas Ramanauskas-Vanagas, a Lithuanian armed anti-Soviet resistance commander, has been unveiled at Antakalnis Cemetery in Vilnius on Tuesday. “This monument to Ramanauskas-Vanagas is a monument to all his comrades. […] Today, we can express eternal gratitude and pay respect to the partisan commander,” Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda said during the solemn ceremony. The monument was created by a group of authors, including Algirdas Kuzma and company Arches,…

Vilna Gaon monument in central Vilnius smeared with acid

Monday, August 3, 2020

The monument to the Gaon of Vilna, a famous 18th century Torah scholar, in central Vilnius was vandalised over the weekend, the Police Department has reported. The vandals poured acid on the monument in Žydų street, Vilnius police spokeswoman Julija Samorovskaja told BNS. The incident was reported on Sunday evening by a tourist guide, she added. The police are treating the act as a hate crime, according to Samorovskaja. “The…

Can Eastern Europe teach West what to do with ‘cancelled heroes’?

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

While colonial-era statues are being torn down in the UK and Belgium, some Eastern European countries have already banished communist-era monuments to isolated parks, like Grūtas in Lithuania. Are there better ways to deal with canceled “heroes”, asks Deutsche Welle. The fall of a monument is a historical act. There is something irreversible about it. It stands for a victory against the old order, the dawn of a new era.…

Vilnius plans to build monument for Jew savers

Monday, December 16, 2019

A monument to Jew savers is planned to be built in Vilnius over the next couple of years. Lithuanian Culture Minister Mindaugas Kvietkauskas has set up a working group to consider the concept of such a monument and set conditions for a creative idea tender. “We have been planning for a couple of years now to build a very important monument for the memory of our state and nation. A…

Commemoration Day of the Genocide of the Jews takes place in Latvia

Friday, July 5, 2019

On 4th July 2019, the official Commemoration Day of Genocide against the Jews in Latvia took place. The main public event commemorates the burning of the Choral Synagogue in Rīga on the 4th of July in 1941. This date marked the beginning of the Holocaust in the territory of Latvia, and since 1990 has been dedicated to remembrance of all the Jews that were killed in the Holocaust during the…