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Published: 6 march 2012 14:20

Education Minister stresses the importance of Holocaust education

Gintaras Steponavičius
Juliaus Kalinsko / 15min nuotr. / Gintaras Steponavičius

Lithuania's government is paying a lot of attention to getting young people in the country acquainted with the history of the Jewish nation in Lithuania and its tragedy during the years of World War II, Lithuanian Minister of Education and Science Gintaras Steponavičius said on Monday at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington.

In a statement, the Ministry of Education and Science said the Holocaust education is an integral part of education programs, integrated into the education system of Lithuania's secondary schools.

"It is necessary to work in educating the young generation about our painful historic past in order for it never to repeat itself," Steponavičius said.

The minister discussed the Holocaust education in Lithuania with the museum's director Sarah Bloomfield.

"According to the Minister, the national Holocaust education program is being implemented through the establishment of tolerance centers at schools, as well as organizing various seminars for teachers, creating education programs, issuing special publications," the ministry said.

Bloomfield also informed the Lithuanian education minister about plans by a delegation from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to come to Lithuania in early September.

Jewish people settled in Lithuania in the XIV century and for several centuries enjoyed better life than their nationals in other countries. More than 90 percent of Lithuania's pre-war Jewish community of about 200,000 were annihilated by the Nazis and local collaborators during World War II.

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