• September 23, 2019
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Day in a nutshell: Remembrance Day for the Victims of the Jewish Genocide

Monday will be sunny in Vilnius and the surrounding area, although thermometers will show a maximum of 12 degrees above zero. There is no forecast of rain.

In Vilnius, on Rūdninkų square, as well as by the memorial in Paneriai, celebrations of the Day of Remembrance for the Victims of the Genocide of Jews in Lithuania will be held. The Paneriai Family [Polish: Rodzina Ponarska] will also participate.

At 13:00 the March of the Living will pass from the train station in Paneriai towards the memorial.

At 16:00 flowers will be placed and candles will be lit at the Monument to Polish Victims of World War II in Švenčionys; a meeting with the residents and local authorities is planned.

At 17:00 Paneriai Conference in Švenčionėliai (Polish House): lecture by dr hab. Monika Tomkiewicz from IPN Gdańsk entitled: “Crime in Paneriai 1941-1944”; lecture by dr Maria Wieloch – President of Paneriai Family Association entitled: “25 years of the Paneriai Family Association”. Meeting with inhabitants of Švenčionys and Švenčionėliai.

At 18:00 the victims of genocide will be commemorated at the old Jewish cemetery in Šnipiškės (entrance from Rinktinės Street). At 19:00 at the Courtyard by Marriott Vilnius City Center hotel, a discussion will be held on the reconstruction of the Palace of Sports, which takes place on the territory of the former Jewish cemetery.

President Gitanas Nausėda attends the UN General Assembly session in New York.

What happened on 23rd September:

1617 – A Polish-Turkish treaty was concluded in Busza, under which the Republic renounced its influence in Moldova and undertook to stop the Cossacks.

1862 – Otto von Bismarck was appointed the prime minister of Prussia; he held the office until 1890.

1939 – Janusz Gajos, an actor of the National Theater in Warsaw, for many years associated with the Powszechny Theatre, was born in Dąbrowa Górnicza; he appeared in the films “Interrogation”, “Escape from the ‘Liberty’ Cinema”, “Squadron”, “Pigs”, “Three Colours: White”, “Death like a Slice of Bread”, “Aquarium”, “The Yellow Scarf”, “The Revenge”, “The Spring to Come”, “Jasminum”, “The Closed Circuit”, “Body”; famous as Janek Kos from TV series “Four tank-men and a dog”, also known for his performances in Olga Lipińska’s Cabaret and the “Pod Egidą” cabaret.

1939 – Sigmund Freud, an Austrian neurologist, psychiatrist and founder of psychoanalysis, died in London.

1943 – Germans completed the final stage of the decommissioning of the Vilnius ghetto, Jews were deported to the death camps in Sobibor and Majdanek as well as to labour camps in Latvia and Estonia.

1949 – Announcement about the first Soviet nuclear explosion.

Name day is celebrated by: Adamnan, Andrzej, Antoni, Bernardyna, Boguchwała, Bogufała, Bogusław, Elżbieta, Jan, Konstancjusz, Krzysztof, Lina, Linus, Liwiusz, Piotr, Pius, Poliksena, Projektus, Tekla, Wiercisław, Zachariasz, Zachary and Zofia.

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

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