Lithuania

Arvydas Daunoravičius

Head of the Lithuanian Delegation to the IHRA

Member country since: 2002

Remembrance Days: 27 January (International Holocaust Remembrance Day), 23 September (National Holocaust Remembrance Day)


Arvydas Daunovaričius (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) – Head of Delegation

Rimantas Jokimaitis (Ministry of Science and Education) – Education Working Group

Faina Kukliansky (Lithuanian Jewish Community) – Academic Working Group

Vida Montvydaite (Department of National Minorities) – Academic Working Group

Ronaldas Racinskas (International Commission for the Evaluation of the Crimes of the Nazi and Soviet Occupation Regimes in Lithuania) – Education Working Group

Mantas Šikšnianas (Head of Holocaust exposition and Paneriai Memorial unit at the Vilna Gaon Museum of Jewish History) – Museums and Memorials Working Group

Ingrida Vilkiene (International Commission for the Evaluation of the Crimes of the Nazi and Soviet Occupation Regimes in Lithuania) – Education Working Group

Ieva Šadzevičienė (Vilna Gaon Museum of Jewish History) – Museums and Memorials Working Group

Andrius Šarmavičius (Ministry of Education and Sports) – Education Working Group


Lithuania has made teaching about the Holocaust obligatory in schools, and more than 130 Tolerance Education Centers have been set up in secondary schools. In addition, courses in Holocaust Studies are offered at five Lithuanian universities and 23 September is commemorated annually at the killing site at Paneriai. The Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania declared 2011 the ‘Year of Remembrance for the Victims of the Holocaust’, and 2013 was declared the ‘Year of Remembrance for the Victims of the Vilnius Ghetto’. In 2010, the criminal code was amended with a new article, making it a criminal offence to condone, trivialize, or deny crimes of genocide or crimes against humanity.

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