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Use our multimedia maps, and explore the family pictures, archival material, and personal stories of 21 Jewish Holocaust survivors to get a unique insight into Europe’s rich Jewish heritage, and to discover sites of Jewish life in towns in Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus and Lithuania.
Established during the 15th century, Šnipiškės is Lithuania’s oldest and largest Jewish cemetery. It is often referred to as Piramont in Litvak literature.
In 1831, the cemetery was closed by the Tsarist regime. Soviet authorities later destroyed the cemetery in the 1950s, building a sports stadium over it.
Eventually, apartment and office buildings were constructed in the area. The international community significantly criticized these actions, provoking the Lithuanian government to grant protected status to the remaining area of the cemetery.