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Exhibition „Malina“
In the Jewish Culture and Information Centre you can find a very unique exhibition, which consists of an exhibit titled “Malina” and posters about Vilnius Ghetto life. The Jewish Culture and Information Centre is located in the former Jewish Ghetto territory.
The word “malina” can be interpreted in few ways:
Firstly in Hebrew “malon” means Hotel. Another meaning of the word is a meeting place. Long time ago thieves were hiding in malina’s.
During World War II Nazis established ghettos became a hiding place, where Jews tried to save their own lives and those of their families. During the Nazi occupation the word malina came into more frequent use. In the city malina’s were set up at night they were set up in cellars and under garbage- anywhere a person’s imagination allowed.
Initially malina’s in ghetto were rather primitive in basements dark closets in attics and similar places. There were malina’s, which were comfortably fitted out and there were poor ones large and small intended for a single family or sometimes even hundreds of people. The art of setting up hiding places reached its zenith during the final days of the ghetto, when a whole subterranean city appeared.
This unique exhibit is a way to show the horrors of World War II and attempts to survive. Do not miss the chance to visit us.
 
Lectures about the Holocaust
The lecture about the Holocaust is designed for elder Lithuanian students.
Lectures Place – Jewish Culture and Information Centre.
Address – Mėsinių g. 3/5, Vilnius.
The purpose of the course is to acquaint students to the Jewish culture in Lithuania and the history of Vilnius before World War II and to explain the causes of the Holocaust, the course and it’s consequences.
Course duration – an academic hour (45 minutes).
Firstly stundents will be able to see an exhibit titled “Malina”, which is a very unique exhibition located in the former Jewish Ghetto territory. The word “malina” can be interpreted in few ways: Firstly in Hebrew “malon” means Hotel. Another meaning of the word is a meeting place. Long time ago thieves were hiding in malinas.
During World War II Nazis established ghettos became a hiding place, where Jews tried to save their own lives and those of their families. During the Nazi occupation the word malina came into more frequent use. In the city malinas were set up at night they were set up in cellars and under garbage- anywhere a person’s imagination allowed.
This unique exhibit is a way to show the horrors of World War II and attempts to survive.
After that, in a special hall students will listen to the lecture. This lecture consist of statistical information about the Jews life in Lithuania before World War II, main aspects of their social life as well as basic terms of Jewish cultural and religious.
Also the information about: the beginning of the Holokaust in Lithuania; the establishment of ghettos and life in them; the main mass extermination and it’s methods; Jewish resistance and their attempt to survive.
The whole narrative is analyzed using the visual material. For those students, who wish to extend an independent study of the Holocaust in Lithuania, will be given references which help students understand better the Holocaust, or to select the right material to a specific topic of interest of the abundance of them.

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