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During the EU Council Presidency in 2013, Lithuania soke progress in the sphere of remembrance of totalitarian crimes and their victims. Lithuania continued the tradition of organizing Europe-wide events to commemorate the victims of totalitarian crimes, which was launched by Polish Presidency in Warsaw, 23 August 2011 and in 2012 was carried on by Hungary in Budapest.

In 2013 the commemoration of European day of remembrance for totalitarian crime victims took place in Vilnius, Lithuania.

The target audience of the events was the European youth, however the commemoration also included the meeting of Ministers of Justice from the like-minded EU member states.

Remembrance Day 2013The events began with the youth oriented conference, with the topic of “The traditions for the commemoration of Europe-wide Day of Remembrance for the victims of totalitarian regimes“. The events continued on 22-24 August 2013 with the youth bus-trip “Road of totalitarianism and resistance”, encompassing the main sights of Nazi and Soviet totalitarian crimes in Lithuania - KGB museum in Vilnius, Paneriai (Ponar) sight of killing of civilians (Jews and others) by Nazis, the hideouts of Lithuanian resistance fighters near Druskininkai, Grutas park of soviet relics - for the practical (live history) experience of totalitarian terror.

>> See a detailed programme of the Remembrance Day 2013


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