Network Vilna Gaon Museum of Jewish History

The Vilna Gaon Museum of Jewish History (Valstybinis Vilniaus Gaono Žydų Muziejus) is an institution dedicated to the culture and tradition of Lithuanian Jewry. The museum was founded in 1989 in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius and operates in several locations with thematic exhibitions in and around Vilnius. Among other things, it consists of the Holocaust exhibition (Holokausto ekspozicija) in the so-called Green House at Pamėnkalnio gatvė 12, the Center for Tolerance (Tolerancijos centras) in the former Jewish Theater of Vilnius at Naugarduko gatvę 10/2, the Paneriai memorial (Panerių memorialas) for the more than 100,000 mostly Jewish victims of the mass murders in Ponary carried out under German occupation. The Vilna Gaon Jewish State Museum is a long-standing partner of We Refugees Archive and assisted in the construction of the Vilnius segment of our platform. From 2021 on, the cooperation with We Refugees Archive will intensify. A new Holocaust Museum (Holokausto Lietuvoje ir Vilniaus geto memorialinis muziejus) will be created in the building of the former pre-war public library “Meficei Haskala” in Žemaitijos gatvę 4, which was the library in the Vilnius Ghetto under German occupation. In cooperation with the We Refugees Archive Team, the new museum will curate a section on Vilnius as a “magnet of escape” 1939–40. We will equip it with We Refugees Archive documents.