Žydų (Jews) street in Vilnius
History

The Jewish Quarter in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania – isolation or privilege?

Quarters comprising of several streets that were designed along religious, ethnic or professional lines were a regular way of life in European cities during the Middle Ages. Thus the settling of Jews, who employed the use of a section of the city that was delegated to them by law did not go counter to the pattern that had developed for settling in cities. Orthodox believers, Germans, Jews, butchers, glass makers and others who established themselves in Great Duchy of Lithuania (GDL) cities divided up living space in a similar manner. Thus Jews brought traditions to the GDL that were typical for them in the quarters they lived, traditions that coincided with other trends that managed to express themselves in GDL cities. […]

Dr. Christoph Dieckmann
CORPORATE

German historian poses a question that holds many Lithuanians up to Shame

Effective German cooperation with the Lithuanians became a death trap for the Jews of Lithuania. In Lithuania it was patriots – ethnic nationalists – who killed the Jews in the hopes of creating a strong ethnic state without Jews, Russians and Poles. This is what eminent German historian Dr. Christoph Dieckmann said in an exclusive interview with DELFI. Dr. Dieckmann who works at the Fritz Bauer Institute in Frankfurt am Main wrote the book “Germany’s Occupation Policy in Lithuania from 1941 to 1944”. […]

Marius Ivaškevičius
CORPORATE

About the Jews and a Dream

I love this city and I always say one and the same thing to friends from abroad: Vilnius is a hidden pearl. When you want calm, there’s calm; when you want sound and sprees, they’re […]