On October 1, our “Holocaust by Bullets” exhibit was displayed for the first time in Eastern Europe, at the Vilna Gaon Jewish State Museum’s Tolerance Center in Vilnius, Lithuania. We were honored to have Archbishop Pedro Lopez Quintana, Apostolic Nuncio for the Baltic States and H. E. Phillipe Jeanteaud, Ambassador of France to Lithuania speak on the opening day.
Along with the exhibit premiere, Yahad team members held a half-day teacher training workshop for 25 Lithuanian teachers on October 1. This training workshop offered an opportunity for Lithuanian teachers to learn more about the Holocaust by Bullets and discover resources they could use to teach this chapter of history in their classrooms. The workshop included a presentation on the history of the Holocaust by Bullets and Yahad’s work as well as an explanation of how to utilize the interactive map and the teacher’s study guide. At the end of the training, all of the teachers received an official certificate of completion.
The exhibit at the Vilna Gaon Tolerance Center has received 850 visitors from Lithuania, including a number of middle school and high school classes. Reflecting on the exhibit, a 6th grade student, Simona S., wrote, “We went to the exhibition with our teacher. There we saw how the Jews were killed. I noticed that they were wearing signs, or David stars, on their left arm. At the exhibition I saw many memorable faces – they were the witnesses of those events.”
Our exhibit was on display at the Vilna Gaon Jewish State Museum from October 1 – November 22.