Jewish Lithuanian COOPERATION

Susitarimas dėl Vilniaus kongresų rūmų

In 2008, the site of the old Šnipiškės Jewish cemetery in Vilnius was recognized as a cultural heritage site. To protect the burials that have survived to the present day, the territory of the former cemetery was delineated and it was conferred legal protection.

On 26 August 2009, the protocol was signed between the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, the Lithuanian Jewish Community and the Committee for the Preservation of Jewish Cemeteries in Europe. This protocol recognised and approved the efforts of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania in defining the site of this cemetery and in preserving it. The protocol also approved protection zones of the old Šnipiškės Jewish cemetery in Vilnius and the possible operating conditions. Under this document, Vilnius Palace of Concerts and Sports, which is also recognised as a site of cultural heritage, fell within the protection zone of the cemetery.

To protect the territory of the former cemetery, in 2014, the Government of the Republic of Lithuania recognised the site of the old Šnipiškės Jewish cemetery in Vilnius as the territory protected by the state, and in 2015, the State Enterprise Turto bankas, obliged by the Government, acquired Vilnius Palace of Concerts and Sports and the territory around it from private individuals who intended to construct of a multifunctional building complex in this place.

In 2016, the Government of the Republic of Lithuania announced that the former Vilnius Palace of Concerts and Sports will be adapted for congresses, conferences and other cultural events. Design proposals were prepared, and they were approved by the Committee for the Preservation of Jewish Cemeteries in Europe.

On 4 December 2019, the State Enterprise Turto bankas, the Lithuanian Jewish Community and the Committee for the Preservation of Jewish Cemeteries in Europe and the representatives of the implementation of the technical project agreed on solutions of the technical project for the reconstruction of Vilnius Palace of Concerts and Sports and its adaptation for conferences, congresses and other cultural events and of preservation of the territory of the old Šnipiškės Jewish cemetery in Vilnius. The essential solutions for the reconstruction of the building in the territory of Šnipiškės cemetery and solutions for the management of the territory of Šnipiškės cemetery have been agreed.

The solutions of the technical project have been prepared in accordance with the heritage protection conditions of the territory and protection zone of the site of the old Šnipiškės Jewish cemetery in Vilnius approved by the Protocol of 2009, and with the design proposals for adaptation of Vilnius Palace of Concerts and Sports for conferences, congresses and other cultural events.

Essential solutions of the reconstruction project, architectural, construction plans, also plans of communications, of the plot of land and organisation of works have been agreed by the agreement. It also stipulates that the representatives of the Committee for the Preservation of Jewish Cemeteries in Europe will participate in the implementation of the project, thus ensuring the preservation of Jewish memory and cultural heritage.

“This project is essential. It will help stop the construction of residential buildings and the development of any structures in the territory of the cemetery, by complementing the agreement of 2009. Furthermore, this will ensure the protection of the cemetery, and will help avoid any threat to it or its desecration in the future”, – says Rabbi Abraham Ginsberg, Executive Director at the Committee for the Preservation of Jewish Cemeteries in Europe.  


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