Lithuanian region backs synagogue square memorial in agreement with Jewish community

On February 9, the Lithuanian Jewish Community signed an agreement with the Jurbarkas regional administration and the New Artists College CAN of Israel on a project called “Synagogue Square Memorial.”

The memorial is dedicated to remembering the Jews of the shtetl (formerly known as Yurburg or Jurburg in Yiddish and Georgenburg in German) and is to be located on Kauno street in Jurbarkas where one of the most beautiful wooden synagogues in Europe once stood.

The memorial is being created by Israeli sculptor David Zundelovich, who originates from Lithuania. It will portray the waves of the Nemunas River and the wooden synagogue and is to be made of grey and black basalt. The names of Jews who lived in Jurbarkas and the names of people who rescued them during the Holocaust will also be included on the memorial, with inscriptions in English and Hebrew.

Under the plan, the memorial is to be built within eight months from the signing of the agreement.

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