The Tower of Faces
Among the most iconic and remembered segments of the Permanent Exhibition, the Tower of Faces brings visitors face to face with history. The tower tells the story of a single small town near the border of Poland and Lithuania, known in Polish as Ejszyszki, in Lithuanian as Eišiškes, and in Yiddish—the language of its Jewish majority—as Eishishok.
In two days in September 1941, the Nazis and their Lithuanian collaborators eradicated almost all of the town’s Jews and 900 years of Jewish life in Eishishok. Today, no Jews live in Eishishok.
The hundreds of photographs displayed through three floors of the Permanent Exhibition represent the once thriving Jewish life that existed before the Holocaust. Seeing the individual people personalizes the losses in the Holocaust and helps visitors comprehend the scale of the genocide.