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  • Elderly Partisans’ Backers Hoping Lithuania Leader Will Stop Probe

    The president of Lithuania has promised that his country’s investigation into the wartime activities of several elderly Jewish World War II partisans will be dropped, according to an official of the Simon Wiesenthal Center — but can he keep the promise? The promise by Valdas Adamkus is the latest twist in an oddly inverted war… More ▸

  • Jews Outraged by Construction at Site of Famed Vilnius Cemetery

    Jews inside and outside of Vilnius are outraged at Lithuanian officials who have allowed construction on land believed to cover part of the country’s largest Jewish cemetery. Development of the King Mindaugas apartments is the second building project in two years that authorities have allowed on the area, one of the Lithuanian capital’s prime real… More ▸

  • Restitution Issue Adds Fuel to Battle over Lithuania Shul

    Here in the former home of the Vilna Gaon, the historic center of the anti-Chasidic Litvak movement, two rabbis have been battling for three years for control of the city’s lone synagogue. Now one of them — Rabbi Sholom Ber Krinsky, a Chabad-Lubavitcher who arrived in 1994 to serve as the community’s rabbi — not… More ▸

  • In Lithuania, Editor Investigated for Inciting Against Gays and Jews

    Lithuanian prosecutors are investigating a local newspaper owner after a press commission found him guilty of instigating intolerance against Jews and homosexuals. Nearly three weeks after the publication of several controversial letters and an offensive cartoon in the Respublika newspaper, Lithuania’s Journalists and Publishers Ethics Commission ruled last week against the paper’s editor in chief… More ▸

  • Arts & Culture Massive New Work Traces Fate of Lithuanian Jews in Holocaust

    Dr. Saul Issroff is a dermatologist by training, but his interest in genealogy certainly is more than skin deep. After five years of effort, Issroff and fellow genealogist Rose Lerer Cohen, have produced the first substantive record of the Jews of Lithuania who were murdered in the Holocaust. Lithuania’s Jewish community numbered 250,000 before World… More ▸