Friendship, restitution, and historical memory
“We visited Lithuania to reaffirm our friendship with this important NATO ally, EU member state, and historic center of Jewish life,” explained AJC CEO David Harris during a trip there in 2016 that marked 25 years since AJC first called for U.S. recognition of Baltic independence.
AJC has regularly met with Lithuanian government officials and Jewish community leaders both in Lithuania and the U.S. The Lithuanian government has honored Rabbi Andrew Baker, AJC director of International Jewish Affairs, who has maintained frequent contact with the country's top officials for well over a decade, focusing on matters of restitution and historical memory.
Through the Warsaw-based Shapiro Silverberg Central Europe Office and Brussels-based Transatlantic Institute, AJC is in regular contact with Lithuanian officials and diplomats.