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Lithuanian Ambassador Launches Exhibition

02.04.2012

Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs and his wife, Lithuanian Ambassador to Israel, former Israeli Ambassador to LithuaniaLithuanian Ambassador launches "Jewish World of Yesterday" exhibition


The exhibition The Jewish World of Yesterday, the Hope of Today:  Pictures and Stories of Lithuanian Jewish Families, was on display during the month of March to mark the official visit of Mr. Audronius Ažubalis,  Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania, and to celebrate the 20th anniversary of  diplomatic relations between Lithuania and Israel.


The exhibition was created by Centropa,  a Vienna and Budapest-based non-profit that uses advanced technologies to preserve Jewish memory in Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, the Balkans and the Baltics, and then uses those same technologies to disseminate its findings in creative and innovative ways.


At the exhibition opening, Beit Hatfutsot CEO Mr. Avinoam Armoni praised the long-standing friendship between Lithuania and Israel and expressed his hopes for that this relationship will continue to flourish. The Lithuanian Minister expressed similar sentiments and thanked Beit Hatfutsot for hosting this important exhibition.  Mr. Zeev Bielski, Member of Knesset and Chairman of Israeli-Lithuanian friendship group of parliamentarians greeted the guests, and Mr. Nathan Gitkind, Member of the Lithuanian – Israel friendship association “ISRAELITA”, presented on “The Cultural Life of the Kaunas Jewish Community 1956-1989”.  Anachnu Khan performed Yiddish songs.


The exhibition was created in 2011 in order to mark Lithuania's Chairmanship of OSCE - The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. The Jewish World of Yesterday; the Hope of Today, which is based on interviews and old photos collected in Vilnius and Kaunas. The exhibition premiered in Prague at the OSCE anti-Semitism conference in February 2011.