Research of Litvak Heritage in Lithuania and Belarus


The cross-border research, which brings together Lithuanian, Belarussian and Russian academic youth, professorship and NGO’s, seeks to engage scholars in the preservation of valuable Litvak cultural heritage in the former Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Due to destruction of the Jewish heritage under the Nazi and Soviet regimes, many of the remaining Jewish synagogues were architecturally changed, derelict or used for different purposes. The establishment of this international research aims to promote humanistic approach to the common history and heritage, to cultivate open mindedness, as well as to undermine well-established stereotypes. To make the cultural achievements more visible, the exhibition “The Sounds of Silence” introducing the heritage of the annihilated Litvak communities was presented to the general public in Prague, Vilnius, Tel Aviv and New York. The project is part of Lithuanian development cooperation and democracy promotion programme.

Niveau d’intervention géographique

  • Régional


  • Promouvoir une connaissance mutuelle de la diversité culturelle, ethnique, linguistique, religieuse
  • Renforcer l'éducation de qualité et le développement de compétences interculturelles

Pays bénéficiaire (s) / Groupes cibles

  • Academic youth of Lithuania, Belarus
  • International academic community
  • International Jewish community
  • Jewish communities of Lithuania, Belarus, Russia
  • International general public

Principaux partenaires

With the support of Lithuanian delegation for UNESCO
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania
Belorussian State University in Minsk, Belarus, professor Igor Duckhan
Vilnius Academy of Arts, professor Giedre Mickunaite

Nom de l’organisation / Entité responsable principale

The Jewish Culture and Information Center

01/07/2010 - 15/11/2010