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Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum

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Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum

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Mikael F wrote a review Sep 2020
Vantaa, Finland16,549 contributions771 helpful votes
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This place is also called the Tolerance Center. There are many different art exhibitions and one exhibition about Jewish life in Lithuania. In Samuel Bak Museum, you can see paintings of Samuel Bak. He is an American painter and writer who was born in Vilnius in 1933 and survived the Holocaust.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Petra T wrote a review Jul 2020
Helsinki, Finland14 contributions1 helpful vote
It was very interesting (also sad) to learn about the Jewish community that once bloomed in Lithuania. I especially enjoyed the paintings of Samuel Bak. Here you can buy an entrance ticket also to the Holocaust exhibition (located about a 15 minute walk away), and pay 5 euros in total (adult), for this museum and the holocaust exhibition.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Hawk470 wrote a review Mar 2020
Norwalk, Connecticut2,551 contributions295 helpful votes
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Named for the foremost non-Hasidic religious leader of his time, the Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum includes several locations – the Tolerance Center, the Holocaust Exposition (nearby), and the Memorial at Paneriai. This review covers the Tolerance Center which includes Judaica, historical exhibits and art galleries. The museum has something for everyone. We particularly enjoyed the section on the history of Jewish life in Lithuania illustrated with paintings and photographs accompanying very informative and well-written text. The exhibit of Bartosz Fratczak’s photographs of the remaining traces of vanished Jewish communities in Lithuania’s more rural localities evokes these lost worlds with exquisite and tragic black and white photographs and captions. The most revelatory section was certainly the exhibit of the paintings of Samuel Bak, a Vilnius-born artist, who held is first exhibit as a nine-year-old in the Vilnius Ghetto. His paintings display very fine brush technique and a powerful eye for detail in horrific and beautiful scenes. A number of the paintings have a surreal, almost Dali-esque sensibility, but without the preciousness and lack of emotional resonance that those terms imply. Samuel Bak’s work is as deeply emotional and profoundly thought provoking as it is magnificently rendered. Take your time with his paintings. They draw you in and as you look, you see layers of detail reminiscent of the finest early Renaissance paintings with their subjects in the foreground and narrative details embedded in the background. Be sure to watch the video about his life and work and how his life, including how he survived the Holocaust, illuminates his work. If you like to walk, the route from the Choral Synagogue to the Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum and then to the Holocaust Exhibition (The Green House), will give you an informative and moving introduction to Jewish life in Lithuania past and present. The total walking time, one-way at a relaxed pace, is under half an hour.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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ghmarcus wrote a review Nov 2019
Cabin John, Maryland4 contributions1 helpful vote
A very wide-ranging and thoughtful exhibit of the Jewish history of Vilnius. I really, enjoyed it thoroughly.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from vilnagaonstatejewish, Public Relations Manager at Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum
Responded Dec 18, 2019
Thank you for the review, we will be waiting for you to come back!
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celebrationtiger wrote a review Nov 2019
Alexandria, Virginia466 contributions248 helpful votes
Roughly half the people in Vilnius were Jewish before WWII. Almost all perished!!! The museum reflects a low budget, but the posters are well done and the family pictures and stories well told. Ninety percent of all Jews in Lithuania were killed most often by shooting or burning as the concentration camps required transport. A visit to the local forests where most of this took place is unnerving.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from vilnagaonstatejewish, Public Relations Manager at Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum
Responded Dec 18, 2019
Thank you for your interest and the review!
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