On Yom HaShoah, the anniversary of the Warsaw ghetto uprising, we remember the Jews killed in the Holocaust.  On April 28, I will remember the six million.  Also on my mind will be a little town in the northeast corner of Lithuania, and a white-haired man searching for a way to pay his respects to the dead. Rokiskis (Rakishok in Yiddish) is a town of 16,000, famous for its cheese, where my Jewish family tree extends back many generations. My grandfather Yankl ran from this town in 1911, escaping the Tsarist draft. Many of my forebears stayed behind. Some were…
Harvey Milk, a man with roots in Lithuania, but virtually unknown there, will be commemorated in a forever stamp next month with a special dedication ceremony at the White House, the U.S. Postal Service announced on April 22.
Saturday, 23 November 2013 03:09

A Lithuanian High School Covered with Butterflies

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Growing up during the Soviet era in Lithuania, Laima Ardaviciene does not remember being taught anything about the Holocaust at school. But those days of silence are over – for her and for the Atzalynas Gymnasium (high school) in Kedainiai, Lithuania, where she is a teacher.
Sunday, 17 November 2013 16:05

A Great Violinist from Vilnius

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A New Biography Reveals the Magical Prodigy Years of Jascha Heifetz
Michael Levitt, whose family came from Plunge, Lithuania, received a joint 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemitry with Martin Karplus and Native Arieh Warshel for "the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems".
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 01:52

Can Vilnius remember Vilna?

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Vilna. Once, this city with its narrow, twisting lanes was renowned as the Jerusalem of the North, a flourishing center of Jewish culture. Seventy years ago, on September 23, 1943, German forces and their helpers charged into the Vilna ghetto and deported the last Jewish residents to camps and mass murder sites. Out of 80,000 Jewish residents of the city, it is estimated that only 600 survived the Holocaust. Every year on this date, gatherings are held all over the world to mark the liquidation of the Vilna ghetto. This year, in honor of the 70th anniversary of the ghetto,…

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