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  • 17 November 2014

    An exhibition titled Jan Karski. The Man of Freedom, a concert by a Polish klezmer band and a series of lectures at Lithuanian schools and universities were the main highlights of Jan Karski Days in Lithuania. They were organised by the Polish Embassy and the Polish Institute in Vilnius.

    The exhibition Jan Karski. The Man of Freedom, prepared by the Polish History Museum, is on display at the Lithuanian Tolerance Centre. It was inaugurated on 13 November 2014, to the accompaniment of Rzeszow Klezmer Band. A short animated film on Jan Karski, a World War II hero and Polish resistance fighter who was the first one to tell the Allies about the Holocaust, was screened during the event.


    “I am in no doubt that the mission of spreading the truth remains a challenge today. The contemporary world, which is full of conflicts, still needs such heroes as Jan Karski,” said Jarosław Czubiński, Poland’s Ambassador to Lithuania, inaugurating the exhibition.


    The programme of Jan Karski Days also included a series of lectures dedicated to the Polish hero, which took place, among others, at Vilnius University, the Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, and the Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences in Vilnius. The newly opened Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw was presented during the lectures. Piotr Kowalik, the deputy head of the museum’s Education Department, gave a series of trainings and workshops for lower secondary school teachers and pupils from Vilnius and Kaunas.


    Jan Karski Days were co-organised by the Vilna Gaon Jewish State Museum and the International Commission for the Evaluation of the Crimes of the Nazi and Soviet Occupation Regimes in Lithuania.


    The events in Lithuania were part of Jan Karski Year celebrations.


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