The Great Synagogue was built in the 1600s in Renaissance-Baroque style. It became the center of Jewish life in Vilnius (Vilna), towering over the Shulhoyf, a teeming complex of alleyways and other Jewish community buildings and institutions including twelve synagogues, ritual baths, the community council, kosher meat stalls, the Strashun library, and other structures and institutions.
The first and unique Litvak art album contain graphics, sculpture and paintings of more than 40 famous 20th century Litvak artists such as Max Band, Pinchus Krémègne, Marc Chagall, Neemiya Arbit Blatt, Marc Antokolski, Jacques Lipschitz, Marc Moshe Bernstein, Raphael Chwoles, Benzion Zukerman, Simon Glatzer, Jose Gurvich, Jacques Koslowsky, Issai Kulviansky, Ossip Zadkine, Samuel Bak, Labkovski, Emmanuel Mané-Katz, Samuel Rozin and others with their short biographies and art experts' comments in English.
A limited edition of 1000 copies, printed in 2015. Receive it as a gift for your contribution.
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?
"Holocaust through the eyes of pupils" - a seminar for the Lithuanian school teachers was held on the 5th of November 2015 . The aim of the seminar: to present the book “Smuggled in potato sacks: 50 stories of the rescued kids from the Kaunas ghetto”, discussing its perception through the children's eyes and its application during the lessons.
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.