The Lost Shtetl Museum of Šeduva Jewish History

The Lost Shtetl Museum is a cultural and educational institution that will open its doors in Šeduva in 2024. “Shtetl” is the Yiddish word for a small town, and the word “lost” in the name of the institution reflects the tragic disappearance of Jewish communities throughout Lithuania and the rest of eastern Europe during World War II.

The Lost Shtetl Museum will present the history, culture, religion, folklore, and daily life of Jews from Lithuanian shtetls, as well as their relations with their neighbors. The museum’s portrayal of daily shtetl life is based on the stories collected from the Jews of Šeduva; it focuses on such ordinary, hard-working people as shoemakers, tailors, doctors, shop owners, and many others.

Visitors will embark on a fascinating journey that starts with the rise of the shtetl and ends with its brutal destruction. The museum will offer various themes, all of which are being developed by an international team of curators, designers, and historians. The stories will be told with the help of the most advanced technologies.

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The museum forms part of the Lost Shtetl Memorial Complex that includes an old Jewish cemetery, (restored and opened in 2015), monuments at three mass murder sites near Šeduva (where 700 people were killed), a symbolic sculpture of a Jewish girl in the Šeduva town center, and a commemorative stone marking the site of destroyed synagogues.

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