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Lithuanian Tourism Chiefs Condemned for ‘Immoral’ PR Stunt in Ongoing Fight Over Jewish Cemetery

By Ben Cohen

The head of Lithuania’s Jewish community has strongly condemned a government- sponsored publicity stunt that showed hundreds of chairs marked with fake 1,000- euro notes lined up outside a state-of-the-art convention center that is being constructed on top of a Jewish cemetery.

Simon Gurevich — chair of the Jewish community in the capital Vilnius — told local broadcaster LRT that the display staged by tourism agencies was “immoral,” as the chairs had been stacked “over the heads and bodies of the people who created the ‘Jerusalem of the North,'” invoking a term that was often used to describe Vilnius, then known as Vilna, before the Nazi Holocaust. READ FULL ARTICLE



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