Jewish Vilnius - Part 2

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On the way back to see the main ghetto areas in the Old Town, we stopped by this former housing project turned mass grave in 1941.  The current inhabitants were a bit puzzled to see a vanload of Americans stop by their apartment complex.
A quick stop in Cathedral Square for pictures:  from left, my brother Jon, my dad, my aunt, and our guide Stephan.
This plaque is where the northern gate to ghetto #2 was (the uppermost 6 on the plaque).  The text in Yiddish and Lithuanian describes another 1941 massacre. [Larry Gillig has corrected my original assumption that it was in Hebrew rather than Yiddish, and provides a translation: This is the site of the gate to the "Small Vilna Ghetto". Through it, from September 6, 1941 to October 29, 1941, more than 11000 Jews were driven to their deaths.]
This is the one remaining arch from the Jewish areas of Vilnius.  This is also right around the corner from a fabulous restaurant where we celebrated my cousin Frank's 41st birthday.  (He's in the right-hand side of the picture, I don't know who the other gentleman is.)
Probably the most famous Jewish resident of Vilnius was the Vilna Gaon, or "Vilnius Genius".  You gotta be smart to have that be the name that everyone calls you.....

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