OVER 50,000 
 JEWISH GRAVES 
 DESECRATED

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LITHUANIAN AUTHORITIES
HAVE REFUSED PERMISSION TO RESTORE HUNDREDS OF DESECRATED JEWISH GRAVES

MALCOLM HOENLEIN

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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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AUTHORITIES DENY
JEWISH COMMUNITIES
RIGHT TO PRAYER

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

The plan for the development of an  international conference center on the cemetery by the Lithuanian government
is on hold.

 

SEE WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY:

Professor Irwin Cotler

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

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.

  • 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 WISHES TO RESTORE THE CEMETERY AND REALIZE THE POTENTIAL OF THE SITE AS A LEADING INTERNATIONAL LANDMARK.

THE VISION

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Features:

  • Restoration of desecrated graves.

  • Facelift to external facade of defunct Sports Palace.

  • Erection of protection fence.

  • Area designated for prayer.

  • Establishment of restaurants and a museum OUTSIDE THE BOUNDARIES OF THE CEMETERY.

* In compliance with Jewish law and culture, the cemetery 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

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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253,000

POLAND

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56,500

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147,000

UKRAINE

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

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