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The Vilnius Town Hall is hosting on Tuesday evening a discussion on whether or not to rename a street named after Kazys Škirpa, which is located in the heart of the capital.
Lithuania's ambassador to the Nazi Germany Kazys Škirpa signs the act of the Klaipėda region hand over to the Nazi Germany. Seated Lithuania's ForMin J. Urbšys and his German counterpart  J. von Ribentrop.  1939 March 23 d.
Lithuania's ambassador to Nazi Germany Kazys Škirpa signs the act of the Klaipėda region hand over to the Nazi Germany. Seated Lithuania's ForMin J. Urbšys and his German counterpart J. von Ribentrop. 1939 March 23 d.
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Discussions on Škirpa's role have been going on for years now. Proponents emphasize his merits in establishing an independent state and organizing resistance to the Soviet occupation, but critics point to manifestations of anti-Semitism during World War Two.

A public debate will take place in Vilniaus Rotušės Kamerinėje salė (Didžioji g. 31), 29 November, at 18:00.

This public consultation is also open to anybody who wishes to submit their opinion via the internet at this address: https://goo.gl/forms/JPTMkAk5oeLiOs4n

Among the speakers will be Chairman of the Supreme Council Vytautas Landsbergis, historians Rimantas Miknys, Antanas Kulakauskas, Alfredas Rukšėnas and Simonas Jazavita, writers Antanas A. Jonynas and Sergėjus Kanovičius, journalist Vidmantas Valiušaitis, Vilnius City Councillor Mark Adam Harold and Director of the Vilnius development agency “Go Vilnius” Darius Udrys. The discussion will be moderated by member of the Municipality’s Names, Monuments and Memorials Commission Darius Kuolys. Speeches will last a maximum of seven minutes each.

For those who wish to speak in the debate on Tuesday, there is an option in the form to request such an opportunity. The first twenty applicants will be invited to give a one minute speech from the podium. For spectators registration is not required.

Following the debate and the online consultation, all opinions will be submitted to the City Council, where a vote will be held to decide whether or not to change the street name.

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