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2020.01.17 12:14

Lithuania lost ‘many generations’ due to Holocaust, president says

Ramūnas Jakubauskas2020.01.17 12:14

Generations of people were lost by Lithuania due to the Holocaust, President Gitanas Nausėda said during a visit to the Litvak Memorial Garden in Plungė, north-east Lithuania.

“Not many Holocaust survivors are alive today, and we can only imagine the scale of our loss and how many future generations we lost, because all of them could have contributed to the development of Lithuania and the world,” Nausėda said on Thursday.

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The interactive memorial garden shaped like a map of Lithuania is a unique idea to commemorate the large Jewish communities that once lived in the country, according to the president.

He has also called for a greater involvement of the Litvaks – Jews with roots in Lithuania – in the country's life.

During the German occupation of Lithuania in 1941–1944, over 90 percent of the country's pre-war Jewish population of over 200,000 were killed by the Nazis and their local collaborators.

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