"The Old Jewish Cemetery is No Place for a Convention Center."
This is a Jewish Cemetery.
It belongs to the
Jewish communitY AND IS on the verge of being
desecrated by the Lithuanian government.
It was stolen from the Jewish community by the Nazis and then the Russians. In accordance with the legal right of ownership, the cemetery should be returned to the legitimate guardians of the deceased and their rightful heirs. To destroy this last remnant of Vilna’s Jewish history and culture will be an atrocity and human rights violation of the highest order. Although the value of property and human rights were meaningless for the likes of Stalin and Hitler, it would be unbecoming of the Lithuanian government to act in a similar fashion. The Jewish community, rightful heirs and proponents of the Save Vilna initiative are fighting to protect the interests of the departed. They do not support the Lithuanian government's plan to construct a conference center, know as the Vilnius Congress Center. They want that the property be returned to the legitimate guardians and heirs of the deceased. The cemetery is their heritage. It should be restored and allowed to be used for the purpose for which it was initially designated.