International Conference on the Holocaust in Kaunas

The  international conference “Local Analysis of the Holocaust in Nazi-Occupied Eastern and Western European Countries“ was held on October 27-28th. The aim of the conference was to mark the Holocaust in Lithuania  which broke out 75 years ago when a mass massacre of Lithuanian Jews  started.

This conference also aimed at defining one the most notorious killing campaign against Jews‘ in Nazi Lithuania when on October 29th, in 1941,  just in one day close to the Ninth fort of Kaunas fortress,  approximately 9200 Kaunas Ghetto residents were shot. This massive massacre of Jewish people in Lithuanian historiography is defined as  “The Big Campaign“.

The process of the Holocaust is one the most problematic period  not only in Lithuania, but also in the history of  many other countries. Scholars from Lithuania and other countries were invited to present new outlooks on the massive massacre of Jews in Nazi-occupied countries. Historians doing research on the Holocaust  from Lithuania, Estonia, the USA, Latvia, Poland and Ukraine took part in the conference. Moreover, historians and members, to be more precise, prof. Saulius Sužiedėlis, doc. dr. Joachim Tauber, dr. Arūnas Bubnys, from the International Commission not only took part in the conference, but also presented their reports. The conference was held by the Ninth fort of Kaunas Museum in line with the International Commission for the Evaluation of the Crimes of the Nazi and Soviet Occupation Regimes in Lithuania.