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Lithuania and Germany together remember the Righteous Among the Nations
Wednesday, April 6, Vilnius – President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with the initiators of a unique project carried out in Lithuania and Germany to support the rescuers of Jews. The project was launched at the initiative of the Order of Malta and the Lithuanian Jewish community.
The aim of the project is to support people living in Lithuania who rescued Jews during the Second World War. President Dalia Grybauskaitė and German President Joachim Gauck serve as co-patrons of this initiative.
“The Righteous Among the Nations attested humanity even in the very darkest hours of our history. Lithuania and Germany together remember their courage and sacrifice, we will always be grateful to the Righteous Among the Nations for their heroism and nobleness. This project unites people and countries, builds bridges between the past and the future, and does not allow indifference to prevail,” the President said.
During this project, a charity concert was held in Germany to collect funds for the Righteous Among the Nations in Lithuania. Currently, 87 people recognized as the Righteous Among the Nations live in Lithuania.
Lithuania and Germany closely cooperate in the areas of economy, defense, science, innovation, and culture. The President will make a state visit to Germany in two weeks’ time, on April 20–21, where she will meet with German President Joachim Gauck and Chancellor Angela Merkel, and will also open a Lithuanian-German business forum. President Joachim Gauck paid a state visit to Lithuania in summer 2013.
Last year, the Lithuanian President, who is an active supporter of the activities carried out by the Order of Malta, was presented with the Collar pro Merito Melitensi, the highest Sovereign Order of Malta’s order conferred in recognition of special merits in promoting charitable activities, voluntary work, humanitarian values, and assistance to those in need.
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