THOUSANDS OF
JEWISH GRAVES 
DESECRATED

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BURIAL GROUND OF TORAH GIANTS

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  • Vilna Gaon

  • Rabbi Avraham Danzig (Chayei Adam)

  • Rabbi Moshe Rivkes (Be’er Hagolah)

  • Thousands of Torah Sages (Review List)

* Following WW II, and the onset of the Soviet occupation, the Vilna Gaon was moved to another cemetery.

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The  Vilnius City Council has denied  the international Jewish community the right to restore desecrated graves.
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"One of the highest moral callings is respect for the dead."

~ Malcolm Hoenlein
Executive Vice Chair: Conference of Presidents

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THE INTERNATIONAL JEWISH COMMUNITY URGES LITHUANIAN AUTHORITIES TO PERMIT RESTORATION  OF THE CEMETERY, UNDER SUPERVISION OF A LEGITIMATE RABBINICAL AUTHORITY.

All Rabbinical matters in Europe, currently
fall under the jurisdiction of the
Conference of European Rabbis (CER)

An application to the Vilnius City Council to build a fence and designate an area on the cemetery for prayer, was declined.

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SEE WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY:

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Professor Irwin Cotler

The Special Envoy for Preserving Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism and a former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

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Professor Alan Dershowitz

International lawyer, an emeritus Harvard Law School professor known for his work in constitutional law

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LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL JEWISH COMMUNITIES SUPPORT THE NEED TO RESTORE AND PROTECT JEWISH CEMETERIES, AS DETERMINED BY JEWISH LAW.

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  • DENYING RESTORATION OF TOMBSTONES

  • REFUSING PERMISSION TO ERECT A PROTECTION FENCE

  • NOT ALLOWING PRAYER
     

CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND FREEDOM OF RELIGION

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It also constitutes a violation of
Seimas Resolution No. XIV-542:

Calling for municipalities to:
"Put Jewish cemeteries in order."

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THE SNIPISKES CEMETERY WAS DESECRATED DURING THE SOVIET ERA, POST WORLD WAR II.

THE INTERNATIONAL JEWISH COMMUNITY,
IN COLLABORATION  WITH LITHUANIAN COMMUNITIES, WISHES TO RESTORE THE SNIPISKES CEMETERY.

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Planned Gate to Snipiskes Jewish Cemetery

The plan is not a hard closed proposal. It is intended to stimulate further discussion, relating to issues driving a future vision for the Jewish cemetery."

Features:

  • Restoration of Desecrated Graves.

  • Protective Fence.

  • Designated Areas for Prayer.

  • Educational Theme.

  • Educational Exhibits on border fence of cemetery, in compliance with Jewish law.

  • Legitimate Rabbinical Authority to Supervise Restoration.

  • Map of Geographical Location of Mass Graves.

* In compliance with Jewish law and culture, the cemetery and the Sports Palace cannot be used for any purpose other than as a resting place for the deceased. 

 

Other European capitals have
successfully restored Jewish cemeteries:

CEMETERY RESTORATION
CASE STUDIES

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A vibrant Jewish tourist industry
is the consequence:

NUMBER OF TOURISTS TO JEWISH SITES (ANNUALLY)

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721,000

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553,000**

POLAND

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656,500

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247,000

UKRAINE

* Statistics reflect numbers prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

** Excludes visitors Auschwitz

1.5 Billion
Benefit to
Lithuanian Economy

Restored Cemetery has significant benefits, from Heritage Tourism.

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