Uzupis Jewish Cemetery Preservation

The Commission’s joint project with Lithuania’s capital of Vilnius to fence and erect a memorial at the country’s largest Jewish cemetery was marked in a ceremony in November 2004. Participating in the ceremony with the mayor of Vilnius were Commission Member Harriet Rotter and then Member Steven Some, who led the Commission’s contributions to the project.

More than 70,000 people were buried in the cemetery from 1830 through 1948. In 1964, Communist authorities had gravestones removed from the cemetery for use as building material. The memorial, a substantial gate for entering the cemetery, incorporates recovered gravestones.