"I am inviting everyone to come to Jurbarkas on July 12 when this amazing creation will be unveiled, immortalizing us, Jurbarkas, the people who have lived here for many years. A monument to Jewish people, the Yiddish language. A monument to tolerance and future, showing that only by helping each other we can live together," Jurbarkas Mayor Skirmantas Mockevičius was quoted as saying in a statement issued by the local municipality.
Members of the public were introduced to the memorial project in Vilnius in April.
"The Synagogue Square Memorial is finished in the sculptural sense. It involved a lot of work," said sculptor David Zundelovitch, a Lithuania-born Israeli sculptor who lead the group of Lithuanian and Israeli artists who created the monument.
The memorial will honor the memory of many Jews who lived in Jurbarkas and the tragic fate of the community. It will be located in Kaunas Street where one of Europe's most beautiful wooden synagogues once stood. It will consist of a number of symbols that will show the historical connection between the Jewish community and the town. Jurbarkas residents who rescued Jews during the war will also be honored.
The memorial is being funded by private donations from people all over the world. "We have collected over 70 percent of the necessary funds for the completion of the memorial. I am sure we'll be able to collect the rest of it thanks to people's good will," Zundelovitch said.
According to previous estimates, the project's value stood at 180,000 euros.