Israel opens its first embassy in Lithuania, pre-war home to 250,000 Jews

By JTA
March 14, 2015 05:23

 
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Israel opened its first embassy in Lithuania.

The event was celebrated during a ceremony Thursday, the Baltic News Service reported, in the capital city of Vilnius, where one in four residents was Jewish before the Holocaust.

Lithuania used to have 250,000 Jews but the vast majority were killed by German Nazis and their local collaborators.

Israel’s first ambassador to the Baltic nation is Amir Maimon.

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