After the bloodshed of World War I, Lithuania became independent, with a Jewish population of over 150,000 people. They were integral to the economic life of the country. However, by the end of WWII over 95% of Lithuanian Jewry had been murdered both by Germans and their Lithuanian collaborators.
This three week Series will examine Lithuania’s rich and tragic history and explore many of the personalities whose lives were lived against momentous events.
Under Czarist rule thousands of Jews sought refuge abroad – but what happened to those who remained in newly independent Lithuania?