Only remaining wooden synagogue in Lithuania, built in 1819.
Book about WW2 resistance.
Ziezmarai has about 4000 residents, none are Jews. Before WWII, half were Jews.
The simple bulletin board of information shown below tells only part of the story, and even it is only recent and because of the kindness of Mr. Ludviga.
Mr. Ludviga is the nephew of the man who risked his entire family's lives by hiding three Jewish families. Mr. Ludviga was very young at the time but he remembers playing with one of those boys And he remembers people disguising themselves as beggars as a way to bring food to the families.
The remains of the women's balcony.
Mr. Ludviga does all maintenance on his own accord without government support. He lives next door
and unlocks the door when people want to visit. Mr. Ludviga told us UNESCO looked at the site but nothing came of it which is a pity because in such a small place one can really sense the enormity of losing half of one's neighbors in one day.
Many Lithuanians have yet to be convinced that it is important to remember the crimes of the Nazis. They say "it was so long ago" or their vision of history remains clouded by anti-Soviet sentiment.
Please read this profile by Gordon Brown of Rachel Margolis. Everything is complicated in Lithuania.
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