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Irena Veisaitė
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Veisaitė, June 2009
Born (1928-01-09)9 January 1928
Kaunas, Lithuania
Died 11 December 2020(2020-12-11) (aged 92)
Vilnius, Lithuania
Nationality Lithuanian
Occupation Theatre scholar and human rights activist
Known for Awarded Goethe Medal, 2012
Spouse(s) Grigori Kromanov

Irena Veisaitė (9 January 1928 – 11 December 2020) was a Lithuanian theatre scholar, intellectual and human rights activist. She was awarded the Goethe Medal in 2012 for her contribution to cultural exchange between Germany and Lithuania.

Life and career

Veisaitė was a Lithuanian Jew. She was born in Kaunas and survived the Holocaust. She earned a doctorate in Leningrad in 1963 with a dissertation on the poetry of Heinrich Heine, and was a lecturer at the teacher's college in Vilnius from 1953 to 1997. She was also head of the Thomas Mann Cultural Centre in Nida, Lithuania. .

She was the long-term President of the Open Society in Lithuania Foundation.

She was also known for addressing communism in her work, and said in an interview with Deutsche Welle that "the Soviets were very, very bad. Different from the Nazis, but not better."

Veisaite was married to Estonian director Grigori Kromanov until his death. She died from COVID-19 in Vilnius on 11 December 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic in Lithuania, twenty nine days short from her 93rd birthday.

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