“We share a commitment to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust and to honour those who stood against it.”
-- Declaration of the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust
23 September is the Day of Commemoration of the Victims of the Genocide of Lithuanian Jews.
A special seminar of decision makers and leaders in Lithuanian educational frameworks is now taking place at the International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem.
Because of the Jewish Holocaust during the Second World War Lithuania lost over 90 per cent of the Jewish community. In 1994, 23 September was declared National Memorial Day for the Genocide Victims of the Lithuanian Jews to commemorate the liquidation of the Vilnius Ghetto on that day in 1943. Many events are held to commemorate 23 September in different institutions of Lithuania every year. This year different departments of the Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum host the following events which time-wise constitute nearly two weeks of the commemoration.