In the spring of 1941, around two hundred fifty thousand Jews lived in Lithuania.
Seventy-five years ago, on June 22, 1941, German troops swept across Soviet-occupied eastern Poland and into three Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia,
and the Soviet Union.
In the three years of German occupation, more than ninety-five percent of all Lithuanian Jews would be murdered—by Einsatzgruppen of the Waffen SS and by their Lithuanian accomplices.
Between 2000 and 2009, Centropa interviewed twelve hundred elderly Jews still living in fifteen European countries and digitized twenty-two thousand of their family pictures.
Every picture has a name, every name has a story.
In 2005 and 2006, we interviewed twenty-six elderly Jews in Lithuania and digitized three hundred of their personal snapshots and documents.
These are the pictures they showed us of those who were murdered during the war.