On the 75th anniversary of the Holocaust, the Lithuanian Centre for Human Rights is spearheading the installation of 19 remembrance stones in the cities of Vilnius, Kaunas, Siauliai, and Panevezys.
Ellen Cassedy is the author of We Are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust (University of Nebraska Press), which begins with her personal journey to the land of her Jewish forebears and expands into an account of how a country encounters its Jewish past. She serves on the board of Yiddish of Greater Washington. Visit her website at www.ellencassedy.com.
A Yiddish class in Lithuania? As soon as I heard there was such a thing, I was intrigued – and soon enough, on a sunny day in July, I was crossing the courtyard of Vilnius University and taking my seat along with my fellow students, young and old, from all over the globe.
A new exhibit helps Lithuanians explore questions of vital importance: What do we expect of ordinary people in extraordinary times? What would I have done? And what will I do? As they ponder these questions, Lithuania’s young people will have the opportunity to become a new generation of rescuers – rescuers of their nation’s memory, rescuers of moral conscience.
During World War II in Lithuania, the penalty for hiding Jews was death. Nonetheless, Jura’s family extended a helping hand to mine.
Recently, members of our two families gathered around a dining room table in New York City.