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Welcome to Jewish Memorials

Jewish Memorials

In the early 20th century about half of the population of Vilnius were Yiddish-speaking Jews and the city was dubbed the 'Jerusalem of the North'. The Nazis in World War II effectively obliterated this community, encircling the Jewish quarter in barbed wire and eventually marching the 60,000 or so residents into the Paneriai forest where they were executed. Today the Genocide Museum has been established at the killing field in memory of the horror. There is also a Jewish Museum depicting pre-war Jewish life, and visitors are also welcome at the only remaining Vilnius synagogue. Efforts are underway to rebuild and restore many aspects of the former Jewish Quarter. Tours of Jewish Vilnius are offered by several private operators.

Information & Facts

Genocide Museum, Agrastu 17; Exposition of Holocaust, Pamenkalnio 12; Vilna Gaon Jewish State Museum, Pylimo 4; Synagogue, Pylimo 39
Lithuanian is the official language, but Russian and English are widely spoken.

The official currency is the Litas (LTL), which is linked to the euro at a fixed rate of 3.4528 Lt to EUR1. ATMs are found in Vilnius on the Cirrus and Visa networks, but are rare in smaller towns. Most retailers, hotels, restaurants and the like accept credit cards, and banks and hotels will cash travellers cheques.

Opening Times
The Vilna Gaon Jewish State Museum: Monday to Friday 9am-1pm. Exposition of Holocaust: Monday to Thursday 9am-5pm, Fridays 9am-4pm.
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