The website of the Lithuanian Jewish community has posted the link to an article by Dr. Nerijus Brazauskas detailing the history of the destruction (in the 1960s) of the old Jewish cemetery in the Lithuanian city of Šiauliai, and issues relating to it that resonate today.
The article appears on the web site of the newspaper Šiaulių kraštas.
The article is in Lithuanian, but we link to it because he provides many details in a sort of time line — and he also focuses on issues that are relevant to many destroyed or abandoned Jewish cemeteries, particularly in post-communist Europe: these include, should the cemetery, which is state-protected heritage site, be protected by the Šiauliai Jewish Community or is it a matter for the local municipal administration.
The Jewish community web site notes:
He details the partial destruction of the cemetery, along with the complete destruction of the Lutheran cemetery, in the 1964-1965 period by the Soviet authorities and calls it an attempt to erase Jews from public memory. He concludes it should be restored and maintained as a sacred site of memory and says both institutional and civic efforts could be harnessed to that purpose.
(We hope that one of our readers might translate the article.)