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The memorial plaque on the Giedraiciai battle monument listing the names of those who died in the fighting there (see, “Bun Rufka”)

Each year, a committee appointed by the Rokiškis Regional Museum confers the Ruvin Bun Award to an individual or group for increasing the awareness in Lithuania of the contributions of its Jewish citizens in the establishment and growth of the country.  The award is named for Ruvin Bun, a Jewish volunteer who fought in Lithuania’s wars of independence and died at Giedraičiai.  The award program coincides with the 100th anniversary of the 1918 founding of the modern Lithuanian state and considers research and educational programs that reflect the original vision of the Lithuanian state as a tolerant, multi-cultural society with a western-style constitution and established democratic government.

Private Ruvin Bunas, who was also known as “Rufka” Bun, was born on July 20, 1902, in Pasubate, in the Novo-Aleksandrovk uyezd of the Kovna Gubernya / Province, and lived in Aleksandravėlė, Rokiškio Uyezd (about 8 kilometers southeast of Obeliai). He volunteered to serve in the Lithuanian army on July 11, 1919, and was killed at the battle of Giedraičiai, on November 21, 1920, the last day of the Lithuanian-Polish War.

Bun’s name appears on a memorial plaque on the Giedraičiai battle monument as Private “Bun Rufka” and at the bottom of the plaque are the words, “Tėvynė nepamirš jūsu darbų, kuriuos padarėt jos laisvei ir garbei.” (“The Motherland will not forget what your efforts accomplished for her freedom and honor.”)

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Eilinį Ruvin Bunas (taip pat žinomas kaip Rufka Bun), kuris gimė 1902 m. liepos 20 d., Pasubatėje, Novo-Aleksandrovsk ujezd ir gyveno Aleksandravėlėje, Rokiškio apskr. (ujezd). Tai yra apie 8 km į pietryčius nuo Obelių. Jis tarnavo savanoriu Lietuvos kariuomenėje nuo 1919 m. liepos 11 d., ir žuvo mūšyje ties Giedraičiais 1920 m. lapkričio 21, paskutinę Lietuvos-Lenkijos karo dieną.

Jo vardas ir pavardė yra iškalti Giedraičių mūšio monumente, jis minimas kaip eilinis „Bun Rufka.“ Monumento (paminklo) apačioje yra lentelė su žodžiais, „Tėvynė nepamirš jūsų darbų, kuriuos padarėt jos laisvei ir garbei.“

 

2016 Recipient of the Ruvin Bun Award — Viktorija Kazlienė

On September 8, 2017, the Rokiškis Regional Museum announced that the 2016 recipient of the Ruvin Bun Award was Viktorija Kazlienė, the director of the Molėtai Regional Museum.  Ms. Kazlienė was one of the key organizers of the August 29, 2016, “Malat March,” which drew over 3,000 ethnic Lithuanian participants to remember the Jews who were killed in Molėtai in 1941.  She also wrote a book about the march and has worked to have several bi-lingual Lithuanian-Yiddish signs installed in Molėtai.  A documentary film about the march, The Last Sunday in August, premiered in Vilnius on September 24, 2017.

The award presentation ceremony was held in the historic Tyzenhaus manor, where the principal offices of the Rokiškis Regional Museum are located.

On September 8, 2017, the Rokiškis Regional Museum conferred upon Viktorija Kazlienė, the director of the Molėtai Regional Museum, the 2016 Ruvin Bun Award at the Tyzenhaus Manor in Rokiškis.  From left:  Nijolė Šniokienė, Director of the Rokiškis Regional Museum; Philip S. Shapiro, RLI; Viktorija Kazlienė; and Aldona Sudeikienė Shapiro, RLI.  Credit: Giedrius Kujelis.

At the September 8, 2017, ceremony granting the Ruvin Bun Award to Viktorija Kazlienė, Director of the Molėtai Regional Museum Director.  From left to right:  Valerijus Rancevas, the Rokiškis Regional Municipality’s Director of Administration; Gintautas Matkevičius, the Deputy Director for Culture at the Molėtai Regional Municipality’s Department of Culture and Education; Genovaitė Šukytė-Grigėnienė; Rokiškis Regional Municipality Deputy Mayor Egidijus Vilimas; Prof. Irena Veisaitė; Member of Lithuanian Parliament and former Kupiškis Regional Municipality Mayor Jonas Jarutis; Rokiškis Regional Museum Director Nijolė Šniokienė; Rokiškis Regional Municipality Mayor Antanas Vagonis; Algis Gurevičius, Director of Lithuania’s State Jewish Cultural and Information Center in Vilnius; Viktorija Kazlienė; RLI representatives Philip and Aldona Shapiro; Panevėžys Jewish Community Chairman Gennady Kofman; and Syracuse University Professor Samuel D. Gruber.  Credit: Giedrius Kujelis.