The following news release has been republished here courtesy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Lithuania
On 9 December in Vilnius, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, foreign diplomats who reside in Lithuania were acquainted with the programme of the Year of Remembrance for the Victims of the Holocaust in Lithuania that was approved by the Government.
"By highlighting the importance of combating forms of anti-Semitism that has a tendency to grow in Europe today, we encourage all foreign diplomatic missions, governments, non-governmental organizations and all the interested parties to closely cooperate in implementing this programme,” Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Audronius Ažubalis said during the presentation of the programme.
According to the Foreign Minister, the programme that was drafted and adopted by the Government sets out a continuous activity for the preservation and celebration of the world renowned 600-year-old Lithuanian Jewish heritage, which was being barbarically destroyed during the Second World War.
The Minister expressed belief that this programme would contribute to the promotion of tolerance in Lithuania.
The programme includes educational workshops, academic conferences, cultural events and other initiatives. The Remembrance Year will commemorate the victims of the Holocaust, the citizens who saved Jews and Lithuanians who fought against the Nazis. The programme aims to restore and perpetuate the history and cultural heritage of the Lithuanian Jewry.
Lithuania’s chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in 2011 will pay particular attention to tolerance education.
On 21 September, the Seimas (Parliament) decided to declare 2011 as the Year of Remembrance for the Victims of the Holocaust in Lithuania. The Government adopted the commemoration programme on 8 December.
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