This excursion is for those who want to learn about the Jewish history of the Kaunas and follow its traces. The history of Kovne, as it was called in Yiddish, is very interesting and worthy of your attention. It’s not only the buildings – which, if they were to speak up, would tell a lot of interesting secrets – but also the stories of the people. Before the Holocaust, Kaunas had a Jewish community of nearly 40 000 inhabitants, dozens of synagogues, cozy streets and buildings reminiscent of the city’s active commercial and cultural life.
I invite you to join me on a sensitive, entertaining and very colorful page of Kaunas history, which I will help you to read during this tour.
We leave Vilnius at 10 am and on the way we stop at the former Jewish shtetl in Žiežmariai (Zhizhmer), where one of the few remaining wooden synagogues has been reconstructed, and learn about the history of the synagogue, the life of the shtetl, its features. You will learn what made the shtetls unique, what significance the synagogue and its location had for the life of the town, how to identify Jewish dwellings, and the story of Mr. Ludwik Kamuntavičius, whose parents are World Warriors and who saved a Jewish family during the Holocaust.
We arrive in Kaunas:
We go home to Vilnius. Duration of the entire programme - full day. Lunch in Kaunas - free choice.
There are no paid attractions or museums in the programme-Synagogue has a donation per visit according to your budget.
For a group larger than 4 pax price send an inquiry .