Lithuania. 10 years ago the parliament of Lithuania declared September 23 the Day of genocide of country's Jewish population. This date is timed to the demolition of Vilnius' ghetto and mass extermination of its residents in 1943.
During the occupation nearly 90% of Jewish population were exterminated, cultural and religious values, being gathered for centuries, were destroyed.
In Vilnius, Kaunas, other cities conferences on Holocaust questions were held, new documental photo exhibitions were organized. The palace of Lithuania's president hosted a ceremony of awarding orders to elderly Lithuanian residents, who had saved Jews in those years of trial.
Czech Republic. A unique list of Jewish cemeteries, housed in Czech territory, appeared in the Internet.
There are more than 330 cemeteries with near 150 thousands graves in the country. The project's first stage represents about 10 cemeteries with several hundreds graves located, particularly, in Milevsko, Chkina and Strakonitsa, the south of Bohemia, as well as the cemetery of Polish Jews housed in Osoblakha, the north of Moravia, next to Polish border.
Graves' photos will be accompanied by the translation of Hebrew signs on the gravestones into Czech, German and English.
Slovakia. The state authorities allocated 850 million of crowns (18.8 mln USD) to pay back the compensations to Holocaust victims. The decision of authorities was based on an endeavor of this state to become a NATO member as soon as possible.
Some Jews, Holocaust survivors, are to receive cash. Compensations to 1450 other Slovak Jews will cover medical service. Part of the allocated funds will be spent on restoration and maintenance of such Jewish objects as synagogues and cemeteries.
Estonia. A residing in the USA Estonian lawyer Eduard Vakht asserts, on the basis of documental evidence, that Estonian policemen and self-defense forces "Omakaytse" together with a zonder-command exterminated 965 Jews in the Kharkusk camp in January 1942. Alongside, the author of an article states Estonian policemen took part in convoying thousands of Jews and people of other nationalities to shooting places and participated in mass shootings on the occupied territories.
Czech Republic. Communist authorities of Czechoslovakia granted an asylum to a Palestinian Abu Daud - organizer of acts of terror at the Olympic Games of 1972 in Munich.
The "Mlada Fronta Dnes" newspaper has published archive documents according to which Abu Daud visited Prague in 1978 under another name on the invitation of Czech "Committee for friendship with peoples of Asia and Africa".