• October 1, 2014
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In Mejszagole was unveiled a plaque commemorating the priests, nuns and brothers

In the Museum of the Vilnius Priests, which is located in a cabin of the late prelate Joseph Obrembski in Mejszagole, was unveiled a plaque commemorating the priests, nuns and brothers murdered during World War II in the Vilnius region.

As part of the celebrations of the 20th anniversary of Ponary’s day and the establishment of the Association Ponarska’s Family in Mejszagole’s Museum of the Vilnius priests was unveiled and blessed a plaque commemorating the priests, nuns and brothers murdered during World War II in the Vilnius region for the love of the church and love of the country.

The plaque was placed at the initiative of the Association Ponarska’s Family. The patronage of the event was taken by the Polish Embassy in Lithuania.

The ceremony was attended by: the chairperson of the parliamentary faction EAPL Rita Tamašunienė, the mayor of the Vilnius region Maria Rekść, the general consul of the Polish embassy in Vilnius Stanislaw Cygnarowski,  the head of the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Edmund Szot.

In the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Mejszagole in the intention of Poles murdered in the Borderlands of the Second Republic a priest Tadeusz Krahel celebrated a Mass. He was accompanied by a priest Joseph Aszkiełowicz.

During World War II, in the years 1941-1944, Vilnius Ponary were the site of mass murders committed by the troops of the SS, the German police and collaborating with the Germans Lithuanian police. Around 100 thousand people lost their lives here. Most of them were Jews, but among the victims were also approx. 20 thousand Poles (mostly Vilnius intelligentsia and soldiers of AK), as well as Gypsies, Russians and Lithuanians. The aim of the Ponarska’s Family is to disseminate knowledge about the Ponarska’s crime and save it from oblivion.

The initiator of establishing the Foundation of Ponarska’s Family( similar to Katyń’s Families) was Helena Pasierbska, who during the war, as a teenager, for half a year had been kept in the Vilnius prison in Lukiszki.

Based on the information of the local government of Vilnius region

Translated by Katarzyna Ratajek within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.

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