Vilnius opens museum on culture and identity of Lithuanian Jews

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A new exhibition centre focusing on the culture and identity of Lithuanian Jews has opened in Vilnius, where the Gaon Museum of Jewish History explores the everyday lives, current and historic, of the region’s Jews, also known as Litvaks. The museum, housed in a former Jewish grammar school, was officially opened by Lithuania’s Minister of Culture, Simonas Kairys in late January. “If you take a history book, Jews are usually portrayed through the tragedy of the Holocaust, whereas this museum tells a completely different story,” Gaon Museum Director Simonas Strelcovas said. “The museum shows wh…

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