In the space of three years, 1941-1944, 95% of the Jews of Lithuania (known affectionately as "Litvaks") were murdered. Although the Nazi occupiers of Lithuania planned and oversaw this massacre, the atrocities they committed were made possible with assistance from local collaborators. After the collapse of Communism in 1991, and the subsequent establishment of Lithuanian independence, many Lithuanians have been grappling with this troubling history.

On Sunday, April 30th, at 9:45am, following our usual morning Minyan, Sigita Simkuviene-Rosen, National President of the Lithuanian-American Community, and wife of our longtime Men's Club member Stan Rosen, will speak on the above topic.

In addition, I, along with my daughter Maya, will discuss this subject from the vantage point of our recent trip to Lithuania. The purpose of our trip was to retrace the remarkable escape of my father, Rabbi Wainhaus z"l, from Lithuania in 1940.

The program should last one hour. All are invited.

Toward Shalom,
Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus

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