The Lost Shtetl Museum is scheduled to open its doors to the public in 2020. The goal of the museum is to create a unique memorial and to show visitors the little-known history and culture of the lost Jewish shtetlakh, mainly through telling the stories of the Jews who lived in Šeduva. The exhibition will revolve around Jewish settlement in the town, family and holidays, educational institutions, economic activities, professions, cultural, social and political movements. As all of shtetls ended in the same way, the exhibition will also discuss the Holocaust and the experience of Jewish descendants from Šeduva.


Lost Shtetl Museum
Dominikonų g. 5
LT 01131

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The project has been carried out by the Šeduva Jewish Memorial Fund since 2012. The idea to build the museum arose in 2015. The museum is devoted to the history of Jews of Šeduva, and therefore the idea is very site-oriented. The museum has a planned floor space of 3000 m2 with 2000 m2 of exhibition space. The design by architect Rainer Mahlamäki of the Finnish company Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects was inspired by ancient Lithuanian architecture, the neighboring old Jewish cemetery, and the rural landscape surrounding the site. The interior of the museum is being designed by Ralph Appelbaum Associates, a New York-based firm which has won numerous awards for museum and memorial design.
People and their memories of Šeduva's Jewish past form the heart of the museum. They also form the basis of the collection. The collection of the museum consists of 50 interviews conducted in Lithuania, Israel and South Africa with both descendants of Jews from Šeduva and their former neighbors, Lithuanians. A large part of the collection consists of photographs and documents from family albums of former Šeduva residents. Everyday and traditional items complement these.

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