"The Old Jewish Cemetery is No Place for a Convention Centre."
This is a Jewish Cemetery. It belongs to the Jewish community
It was stolen from the Jewish community by the Nazis, the Russians, and then the Lithuanians, who even after breaking away from the Soviet Union did not have the decency to restore this property to its legitimate owners. To destroy this last remnant of Vilna’s Jewish history and culture will stain Lithuania’s reputation forever and place it squarely with the likes of Stalin and Hitler, for whom Jewish life and property were meaningless. The Jewish community and proponents of the Save Vilna initiative are fighting to protect the interests of the departed. They do not want the Sports Palace. They want that the property be returned to the community. The cemetery is their heritage. It should be restored to the state and purpose for which it was initially designated.