While translating the book "Smuggled in potato sacks. 50 stories of the hidden kids from the Kaunas ghetto." from Hebrew into Lithuanian we were planning to donate the books to the schools, but did not dare to dream about gaining such a warm support from the Ministry of culture of Lithuania. Can you imagine a car of the Ministry of culture travelling to the most distant towns and villages bringing the book for their Holocaust education in your country?
Smuggled in Potato Sacks is a collection of stories compiled by Holocaust survivors Ariela Abramovich Sef and Ilana Kamber-Ash, both born in the Kovno Ghetto and hidden during the Holocaust. Inspired to preserve their own stories as well as those of other children who had been rescued, they collected as many testimonies as they could find, and in the end, put together this book with fifty stories of hidden children from the Kovno Ghetto.
Together with our friends - "Centre for Studies of the Culture and History of East European Jews" and Jakovas Bunka Charity and Sponsorship fund - we have established a grant award Or be'Lita for the best defended graduate and undergraduate theses on a Jewish history, culture or heritage topic among the students of the Lithuanian high schools and universities.
The first award has been given this year to one BA student and one MA student.
Commemorating the 70th year of the liquidation of the Vilnius ghetto we had decided to contribute into the local Jewish museum, creating and donating a permanent audiovisual exposition - to present a diary (still not translated into Lithuanian) of a boy Izhak Rudashevsky in an environment simulating a hiding-place of a kind that was used to be called as "Malina".
The discussion on Holocaust education was initiated by our organisation in close partnership with one of the most progressive high schools in Lithuania - The Institute of International Relations and Political Science ( on the 25th of February, 2016), with active participation of its students' scientific society. The aim of the discussion was to raise questions of the Holocaust perception and research in Lithuania in the auditorium of future politicians and other young progressive minds who are going to shape the future. The open and acute conversation was reflected in the media afterwards.