Remembering Litvaks, Inc.

Remembering Litvaks, Inc., (“RLI”) is a 501(c)(3), non-profit entity that undertakes projects dedicated to remembering the Jewish communities that existed in Lithuania, including programs to research, memorialize, and teach the history of Jewish life in Lithuania and to improve the physical condition of gravesites and other locations of historical significance to Lithuanian Jewry – “Litvaks.”

Old Rokiskis Cemetery

RLI’s first project was to legally protect and mark the old Jewish cemetery in Rakisik / Rokiškis, a town in northeastern Lithuania.

Research

RLI makes annual grants to the Rokiškis Regional Museum to conduct research related to the region’s Jewish communities.

Signs Project

At RLI’s suggestion, the Rokiškis Regional Museum (“Museum”) is working with RLI and experts in several fields to design a series of informational signs.

Al Jaffee Exposition

Al Jaffee is best known as the American political cartoonist who has contributed to MAD Magazine since the 1950s.

The Ruvin Bun Award

The award is named for a Jewish volunteer who fought in Lithuania’s wars of independence and died at Giedraičiai.

Preservation of Artifacts

Shortly after Lithuania became free of the Soviet Union, Janina Kubilienė, an inspired teacher of history in Ponedel / Pandėlys, began an initiative to learn about the history of the Jewish communities in the area of that town.

Education

In March 2017, Remembering Litvaks, Inc., invited Lithuanian architect Aurimas Širvys to speak to American audiences about his work on projects to restore the condition of surviving structures of synagogues in Lithuania and creating images of lost synagogue buildings.

Unmarked Holocaust Killing Sites

In March 2017, the Rokikis Regional Museum’s historian, Giedrius Kujelis, notified us that several Holocaust massacre sites in the Rokiškis region are known to local residents but have never been formally identified, let alone marked and placed under legal protection.

Vilnius Jewish Public Library Charity and Support Foundation

RLI has agreed to accept financial contributions dedicated to the Vilnius Jewish Public Library Charity and Support Foundation (“Foundation”).  The Foundation supports the educational and cultural programs of the Vilnius Jewish Public Library.

In 2005, the Rokiškis Regional Museum produced a short video (in Lithuanian) about the Jewish community of Rokiškis

In Memoriam

Howard Margol, z’l
1924-2017

Remembering Litvaks, Inc., notes with sadness the loss of Howard Margol, a charter member of its Board of Directors, on February 9, 2017.

Howard was born in Jacksonville, Florida, on February 22, 1924. He and his twin brother Hilbert served in the 42nd Infantry Division in World War II and were the first United States soldiers to liberate a Nazi concentration camp.

He was a leader in the field of Lithuanian Jewish genealogy and led many heritage tours to Lithuania with our current Board member Peggy Mosinger Freedman. Howard and his wife Esther established and administered the American Fund for Lithuanian-Latvian Jews. Howard and Esther willingly provided the guidance, encouragement, and assistance necessary for Remembering Litvaks, Inc., to begin its work in Lithuania.

May his memory be for a blessing for all whom knew him.

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If you have any suggestions or comments, or if you would like to support our efforts, do not hesitate to contact us.