Irena Veisaitė is a prominent Lithuanian intellectual. She has published over 200 articles in the Lithuanian and international press, is the co-author of many textbooks, and the editor of a number of books. Persecuted as a Jew in Lithuania by the Nazis and still living there today, she advocates reconciliation and cultural dialogue with Germany, said the conferment commission. She always was dedicated to the arts even when her life was threatened. For her, the word is a life strategy.