Private tour of Jewish heritage in Vilnius
I was always fascinated with an extremely rich Jewish culture in Vilna before the WWII even I don't have any Jewish roots. The Jerusalem of the North, The Small Jerusalem- so many definitions for the town, which counted only 200 thousands habitants, where about 80 thousand it used to be Jews.
Rabbi Eliyahu of Vilna often called “gaon”, which means genius, who was probably the most influential Jewish leader in modern history, Jascha Heifetz- considered to be one of the finest violinists of modern times, Tsemakh Shabad- doctor and social and political activist, co-founder and vice-president of the YIVO (Institute for Jewish Research),Chabad Motke – famuos funny stories creator – you will be definetely aquented with these vibrant personalities during a tour. After sightseeing in the old town, while which you will visit the streets of former Ghetto area, Judenrat, the reconstruction of Jews hiding place „malina“ the car will pick you up and you will be driven to explore the sights, which are too far for walking, as: Uzupis district, former printing house of „Widow and brothers Romm“, former main Jewish cemetary, which was brutally demolished by Soviet goverment. At the end of the tour, you will visit Ponary Memorial- the forest, which was a witness of WWII massacre – the mass murder of 100 000 people.
Duration – 5 hours