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Ingrida Vilkienė, Lithuania

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Ingrida Vilkiene graduated from Vilnius Pedagogical University in 1989 and became a history teacher. Since 1998 she has focused upon the history of the Holocaust. Ms. Vilkiene began as a guide in Kaunas IX Fort Museum, which during the Nazi occupation (1941-1944) saw the mass murders of 30 000 Jews.
Working at this museum, she initiated educational projects with students of Raudondvaris Gymnasium in Kaunas and between 2003-05 with students of the Zirmunai Gymnasium, Lazdynai and Senamiestis Secondary Schools in Vilnius, comprising 6 different nationalities.
Since 2005 Ms. Vilkiene has worked at the International Commission for the Evaluation of the Crimes of the Nazi and Soviet Occupation Regimes in Lithuania. She is responsible for organizing seminars for teachers about historical researches of Commission, the Holocaust and the evaluation of the crimes against humanity. In this capacity, Ingrida designed and organized commemorational activities throughout the country for Lithuanian Jewish Genocide Day on 23 September, and for International Holocaust Remembrance Day on 27 January. She further coordinated educational projects such as: “Presentation of Jewish Culture for Students” the final result of which was a book with students’ drawings used by primary school pupils; an educational movie “Holocaust Victims Speak”, based on the materials of Shoah Foundation Institute. She additionally participated in international project about the role of bystanders during the Holocaust.

Throughout, she has continued to teach history at Lazdynai Secondary School in Vilnius. Ms. Vilkiene graduated the Yad Vashem Teachers’ Seminar in 2003, and since 2005 has coordinated all groups from Lithuania at Yad Vashem.