A remote lesson for students about the Holocaust in Lithuania and the largest mass murder site – Paneriai / Ponari

On 20 September, a remote lesson was held for the students of Kaunas Vileišiai School, who will take part in the event in Vilnius, “The Road of Memory – March of the Living of Paneriai,” on 23 September.


The idea to organize a remote lesson for Kaunas Jonas and Petras Vileišiai School students came from the school’s headmistress Dalia Lapėniene. According to the headmistress, the pupils have never been to Paneriai before. As they are going to participate in an event commemorating the victims of the Holocaust, they need to know about the significance of the commemoration of the day and the history of the place they will be attending. Ingrida Vilkienė, the International Commission’s Education Programme Coordinator, prepared information material, richly illustrated with photos, and interacted with the seventh and eighth graders of the Vileišiai School for 1 hour online. 

Kaunas Jonas and Petras Vileišiai School has established a Tolerance Education Centre. As the school’s headmistress, Dalia Lapėnienė, has been saying, the location of the school obliges that the Holocaust be given due attention. The Vileišiai School in Kaunas is located in a part of the former Demokratų Square, which is linked to the history of the Kaunas Ghetto and where the selection of ghetto inmates for extermination took place on 28 and 29 October 1941. At that time, 9200 people were selected to be killed in Kaunas Fort IX.