“Our People”: Holocaust and Historical Memory Wars in Lithuania | Wilson Center
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“Our People”: Holocaust and Historical Memory Wars in Lithuania

In their best-selling book “Our People,” Ruta Vanagaite and Efraim Zuroff sought to explore the annihilation of Lithuanian Jewry. They visited 40 sites of mass murder in Lithuania and Belarus, interviewing eyewitnesses and piecing together the role of different elements of wartime Lithuanian society in the events. They discussed their findings, how they are viewed in Lithuania, and what they mean in the broader context of historical memory debates taking place throughout the post-communist world.


  • Ruta Vanagaite

    Lithuanian journalist and writer
  • Efraim Zuroff

    Chief Nazi-hunter, Simon Wiesenthal Center Director, SWC Israel Office and Eastern European Affairs
  • Vadim Altskan

    Project Director, International Archival Programs, the Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum