- Žilvinas Butkus (Vilnius) and the Association of Lithuanian Jews (Tel Aviv) Release August 2009 Document
- Summary Coverage of 1-2 December 2013 London Events at ORT and Westminster Synagogue Sponsored by Lithuanian Embassy
- Wiesenthal Center’s Israel Office Releases 2007 Correspondence with LA Board Chief of Vilnius Yiddish Institute
- Summary Coverage of Toronto 24 Nov. 2013 Symposium on the Holocaust in Lithuania
- An Open Letter to Steve Linde, Editor-in-Chief of the Jerusalem Post
- Europe: A Renewal of Extremism?
- “Higher Mathematics” of the Lithuanian Holocaust
- Monica Lowenberg Releases Text of Letter to British ORT on Latest Lithuanian Embassy Sponsored “Litvak Do” in London
- Israel Chronicle
- Latvian State Dance Troupe Displays Nazi Swastika
- Lithuanian Parliament’s Communications Unit Replies to Professor Fridberg
- Jerusalem Post, Again, Fails to Post Dissenting Comments on a “Lithuania Ecstasy” Story
- Lithuanian State Language Commission Turns Down Jewish Community’s Suggestion for a Spelling Rule that “Holocaust” Be Spelled with a Capital “H”
- Street Names Honoring Holocaust Collaborators
- Genocide Center Releases a New Graywash on the Vilna Ghetto
- Respectfully Disagreeing with Aspects of Professor Snyder’s “Bloodlands”
- How Has Post-Soviet Lithuania Used Holocaust Remembrance to Project a “New” European Identity?
- Dr. Clemens Heni’s Writings on the 2008 “Prague Declaration”
- Where did the Money for a Monument to 1941 “Patriots” Come from? Why the Uncritical Reconstruction and Glorification Now?
- Red-Brown Commission Member Takes Katz-Bashing Campaign to Litvak Culture Fest in Philadephia; LA Next?
- Lithuanian MP’s Gay-Bashing Hits New Low of Adolescent Unseemliness and Social Immaturity
- “Baltic Times” Does It Again: A Page of Hate Aimed at Latvia’s Russian-Speaking Residents
- If Israel Can Honor the USSR’s Unquestionable Role in Bringing Down Hitler, Why Can’t France and the European Union?
- Antisemitism Denial — An English Intellectual Speciality
- Professor Pinchos Fridberg on the Higher Arithmetic of the Lithuanian Holocaust
- Higher Arithmetic of the Holocaust in Lithuania
- Chersonski Replies to Aleksandravičius on the 2012 Kaunas Reburial of the 1941 Nazi Puppet Prime Minister
- Zuroff Slams Vilnius Genocide Center’s Latest Attempt to Massage Figures (and Ethics) of Local Holocaust Perpetrators
- Summary Coverage of Berlin Event on Jewish Vilna and the Vilna Ghetto
- Dr. Efraim Zuroff’s Speech at the Annual Memorial for Lithuanian Holocaust Victims
- Riga, Roots and Reflections
- Efraim Zuroff’s Speech at the 28 October 2013 Annual Memorial Program of the Association of Lithuanian Jews in Israel [in Hebrew]
- Genocide Center in Vilnius Responds to the List of Alleged Holocaust Perpetrators Published by the Association of Lithuanian Jews in Israel
- The “Humanity” of the Rewriters of History
- Survey on Levels of Prejudice Among Lithuanian Military Brass and Troops
- Questions and Answers on the Holocaust-Gulag “Competitive Martyrology”
- A Musical Tribute to the Rumbula Victims
- Former BNS Chief Artūras Račas Lets Loose Again on Fridberg, Kanovičius, Pancerovas, Zuroff…
- Three Baltic Governments Sponsor “Round Table” at London U on 5 November: Will Nazi Collaborators be Glorified?
- Yehiel Zilberman’s Memoirs (excerpt)
- Simon Malkes Speaks at the Lithuanian Parliament
- English Translation of the Lithuanian Text on the Vilna Ghetto Provided by the Office of the Chief Archivist of Lithuania…
- Part of the Red-Brown Commission Writes to Yitzhak Arad
- Program of the 15-16 Oct 2013 Kiev Conference on Antisemitism (on the Centenary of the Beilis Trial)
- An Appeal to Conscience: State-Sponsored Relaunch of the Red-Brown Commission in Vilnius
- British MP John Mann, Chair of Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism, Speaks Out on “Double Genocide”
- Keep the Local History Out of Mind?
- Learning from the King
- Getting It Right: Three Memoirs Tell It Like It Is
- Inclusion and Occlusion
European Union “Engine of the Red-Brown Movement” Reorganizes at Hague Meeting; More Emphasis on Persuading North America of Prague Declaration Demands While Obfuscating East European Revisionist Agenda
Lithuanian Jewish Community Protests Kaunas’s Failure to Honor Holocaust Righteous Kazys Binkis and Sofija Binkienė
Who would object to a suggestion by the Lithuanian Jewish Community that Holocaust be Spelled with a Capital H?
NINE MONTHS LATER, STILL NO APOLOGY!
Red-Brown Commission Continues to Call one of the Last Vilna Holocaust Survivors a “Liar” on its own Website ♦ BackgroundIs Commission out of commission?
Richard Bloom’s Defending Holocaust History, a new documentary on “Double Genocide” Holocaust revisionism, focusing on Lithuania and Latvia, was released this month by Richard Bloom Productions.
Defending History Brings Real (But Not Enough) Results…
After 7 Years of Silence, Part of Lithuanian Government’s “Red-Brown Commission” Expresses “Sorrow and Anger” at “Unwarranted Attacks” on Yitzhak Arad
First Real Gesture Brings Praise; But No Mention of Prosecutors’ “Kangaroo War Crimes Investigation” or Urgent Need for Apology from Prosecutor and Political Leaders to Halt Ongoing Defamation of Dr. Arad — a Holocaust Survivor, Resistance Hero in the Struggle against Nazism, Veteran of Israel’s War of Independence and then General, Major Scholar of the Holocaust, Head of Yad Vashem for Over Two Decades (1972-1993)
His The Holocaust in the Soviet Union is a (2010) National Jewish Book Award winner
PDF OF THE LETTER (dated 14 Oct; see our 11 Oct open letter appealing to commissioners’ conscience); Letter signed by all members except A. Bubnys, J. Brent, N. Naimark, J. Rainer, T. Snyder, F. Thom
Commission announces two separate sub-commissions, as in 1998 (PDF). Comment by Milan Chersonski (2008); by Rachel Kostanian (2013)
COMMISSION APPEARS TO BE HOPELESSLY SPLIT: AMONG THOSE WHO DID NOT SIGN IS THE COMMISSION’S REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE GENOCIDE CENTER (WHERE THE “INVESTIGATION” OF DR. ARAD WAS STARTED AND NEVER DISOWNED). HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS DISMAYED AT ATTEMPTED LEGITIMIZATION OF THE ANTISEMITIC GENOCIDE CENTER.
Ongoing defamation extends to prosecutors’ website, Wikipedia, new publications, and mass media; souvenir envelope on sale for years at Vilnius’s main post office; even a “human rights association”
No mention of other defamed Holocaust survivors, including Fania Yocheles Brantsovsky, Tel Aviv attorney Joseph Melamed, Dr. Rachel Margolis; Professor Pinchos Fridberg who continues to be defamed on the commission’s own website
No mention of the Prague Declaration that continues to feature on commission’s website as “truth” while Seventy Years Declaration is unmentioned; Eight courageous Lithuanian parliamentarians signed SYD, defying the commission; MP Andriukaitis’s bold 2012 reply to a right-wing minister’s broadside
RELATED: section on the commission; page; Holocaust survivors from Lithuania protest commission’s renewal in Israel and the US; Joe Melamed’s letter; Pinchos Fridberg section
RESIGNATIONS TO DATE FROM THE COMMISSION AND ASSOCIATED BODIES:
Sir Martin Gilbert and professors Gershon Greenberg, Konrad Kwiet, and Dov Levin
Welcome to Defending History
Defending History, founded in September 2009, is the international address for countering the effort by some East European states to rewrite the history of World War II. Their effort, widely called “Double Genocide,” is a major new genre of Holocaust revisionism, which seeks, in the spirit of the new far right, to replace history with a doctrine of total equivalence of Nazi and Soviet crimes. Along the way, Holocaust survivors have been defamed, major local collaborators have been glorified (as supposed national heroes), and the new far right’s racism, antisemitism and homophobia have been further enabled. Defending History helps bring these issues to the attention of many and ensures inclusion of opposing views in the historical record.
Efraim Zuroff Slams New Attempt by Vilnius Genocide Center to Massage the Numbers — and Ethics — of the Local Perpetrators
Background: Page on Genocide Center and its texts in Genocide Museum and Gruto Parkas
See also DH sections: Perpetrators Glorified; Double Genocide
One-Sided Vilna Ghetto Roadshow in Berlin?
CINDERELLA NOT INVITED TO THE BALL? Her 92nd birthday was 28 Oct, in the middle of the conference.
Dr. Rachel Margolis, Vilna native, Vilna Ghetto survivor, heroic resistance fighter against the Nazis, co-founder of the Green House Holocaust museum in Vilnius, who rediscovered and published long lost diary of eyewitness to the Ponár massacres, defamed by Lithuanian state prosecutors, is not on the list of speakers in Berlin.
FROM RECENT YEARS: CHEN IVRI APTER, GORDON BROWN, US CONGRESSMEN, LORD JANNER. BACKGROUND. FACT SHEET. RACHEL ON VIDEO. THE CAMPAIGN AGAINST HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS.
RIGHT WING POLITICS IN PLAY AT BERLIN VILNA GHETTO CONFERENCE: The event is hosted by a Conservative Party (Christian Democratic Union) linked foundation that is itself part of the Centre for European Studies, a think tank affiliated with the right wing EPP that is itself an engine of red-brown Double Genocide politics in Europe. Chief of red-brown commission in town for the event.
QUESTION: Will there be any mention of the ghetto survivors defamed for posterity (in the absence of formal apologies) by branches of the Lithuanian government? The other painful issues including Double Genocide? Dr. Rachel Margolis rediscovered and published the diary of Kazimierz Sakowicz. More.
Friends in Berlin may consider politely asking officials for official public apologies to the defamed Holocaust survivors, including:
For summaries of some painful issues that need to be addressed in pursuit of reconciliation and mutual understanding, please see Monica Lowenberg’s petition, and Defending History’s proposed solutions.
Quote of the Month
BRITISH MP JOHN MANN
“It is an industrial rewriting of history in Eastern Europe to excuse mass murders carried out on behalf of the Nazis.”
of the German, Israeli and US members of the renewed state-financed “Red-Brown Commission”:
ARE YOU REALLY COMFORTABLE WITH THE COMMISSION’S
(1) continued public support for the 2008 Prague Declaration, and continued failure to mention the existence of the Seventy Years Declaration? (background)
(3) continued failure to publicly condemn the antisemitic prosecutorial defamation of Holocaust survivor and scholar Dr. Yitzhak Arad, a founding member of your own commission? Of Holocaust survivor and scholar Dr. Rachel Margolis? (background)
Dr. Shimon Alperovich (Simonas Alperavičius), Valiant Chair of the Lithuanian Jewish Community (1992 to Early 2013) Turns 85!
TRIBUTES ON FACEBOOK. ALPEROVICH ON: DOUBLE GENOCIDE; A FOREIGN MINISTER’S ANTISEMITIC TIRADE; STATE HONORS FOR HOLOCAUST COLLABORATORS, THE LAF & 1941 NAZI PUPPET GOV’T; POLICY OF HONORING BOTH PERPETRATORS AND VICTIMS; DEFAMATION OF JEWISH ANTI-NAZI PARTISAN HEROES (AND RED-BROWN COMMISSION’S SILENCE); DISNEYLAND GHETTO PROJECTS.
History of Defending History…
2013: Bernard Dichek in The Jerusalem Report. Danny Ben-Moshe’s film Rewriting History. 2010: Wendy Robbins on BBC World Service. 2010: Ricky Ben-David in the Jerusalem Post. 2009: Rafael Aaren in Haaretz. 2008: Arne Bengtsson in Baltic Worlds.
Selection of Essays on the Issues
Tribute to Milan Chersonski: a dozen years as editor of Lithuania’s last Jewish newspaper
When they’re afraid to publish in Balbíreshok, just bring it here…
Olga Zabludoff’s Open Letter to South African Litvaks, too hot for the South African Jewish Report, now appears here
LITHUANIA TRIBUNE: SERGEJUS KANOVIČIUS EXPOSES DIVERGENT TEXTS (ENGLISH VS LITHUANIAN) IN STATE ARCHIVE’S NEW VILNA GHETTO EXHIBIT
David Bankier’s Holocaust Testimonials from Provincial Lithuania. Efraim Zuroff’s review.
Grant Arthur Gochin’s Malice, Murder, and Manipulation: One Man’s Quest for Truth.
Keith Morgan’s Ruta’s Closet. Interview with the author.
Commission’s renewal comes with new defamation of Dr. Yitzhak Arad, former director of Yad Vashem. major scholar, and Holocaust survivor
ON JEWISH COMMUNITY’S SITE. IN RUSSIAN: DH; LZB; Obzor.lt; Reporter; Shofar7.com
Yitzhak Arad’s paper covering the Commission’s role, government obfuscation of the Holocaust and the history of the Holocaust in Lithuanian sources
Commission’s website features the Prague Declaration and promotes Double Genocide; its chairman urged his country to adopt PD. Website defames Vilnius Holocaust survivor Prof. Pinchos Fridberg for having corrected an error. Still no public condemnation of the defamation of its own founding member Yitzhak Arad (or of Dr. Rachel Margolis and Joseph Melamed)
Renewed Red-Brown Commission, funded by government, has members from the Genocide Center, the parliamentary state security committee, scholars who have tried to mitigate the Nazi loyalties and Holocaust collaboration of the 1941 Lithuanian Activist Front (LAF) and Provisional Government, and, shockingly for Holocaust survivors (and under political pressure) — Yad Vashem
Resignations from the Commission (& associated bodies) on principle include Dr. Yitzhak Arad, Sir Martin Gilbert, Professor Gershon Greenberg, Professor Konrad Kwiet, Prof. Dov Levin
Commission Executive Director gives a very different spiel to Lithuanian audiences…
Are the Commission’s academic members aware of the body’s entanglement in the political imbroglio over demands for Russian compensation? Is the East European Holocaust being instrumentalized in a contemporary geopolitical context?
De-Obfuscating a Complicated Story into its Simple Core:
2013: Bernard Dichek in The Jerusalem Report. 2012: Efraim Zuroff in Haaretz. 2011: Danny Ben-Moshe’s film Rewriting History. 2010: Wendy Robbins on BBC World Service. 2010: Ricky Ben-David in the Jerusalem Post. 2010: Dovid Katz in the Guardian. 2009: Rafael Aaren in Haaretz. 2008: Arne Bengtsson in Baltic Worlds.
Survivors, Scholars and Public Figures Speak Out:
See: Yitzhak Arad ◊ Yehuda Bauer ◊ Danny Ben-Moshe ◊ Gordon Brown ◊ Abraham Cooper ◊ Pinchos Fridberg ◊ Sir Martin Gilbert ◊ Clemens Heni ◊ John Mann ◊ Jonathan Freedland ◊ Lord Janner ◊ Leigh Phillips ◊ Leyzer Ran Family ◊ Tessa Rajak ◊ Heidemarie Uhl ◊ Efraim Zuroff ◊ More voices of Holocaust Survivors
BY STEALTH BOMBER OUT OF THE EAST, UNDER THE RADAR
One of the demands of the 2008 Prague Declaration is “approved” by the US
Are US officials aware of the 2012 Seventy Years Declaration response?
Holocaust Survivors from Lithuania Propose a Simple Honesty Test for Gala Sutzkever Events in Vilnius
TRANSLATION PRIZE SAGA; OPINIONS OF HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS; THE PATTERN OF DOUBLE GAMES; 2012 SLSer SADDENED THAT MILAN CHERSONSKI WAS DROPPED FROM FACULTY. WAS HIS MESSAGE UNACCEPTABLE? SEE MILAN CHERSONSKI SECTION.
UK: GLASGOW, LEEDS, LIVERPOOL, LONDON, MANCHESTER, NEWCASTLE IN JULY 2013
Film’s website ◊ Reviews ◊ Seventy Years Declaration (SYD) ◊ SYD debates ◊ SYD text ◊ in European languages ◊ Danny Ben-Moshe
A European Battle for Memory — and for Human Rights
Racism, antisemitism and homophobia in high places: Zeppelinus is key official at the Economy Ministry; Doesn’t like our editor…
Milan Chersonski on young Lithuanian anti-fascists who speak up against the glorification of Holocaust perpetrators
Dovid Katz in Hope not Hate on glorification of Nazi war criminals by an EU/NATO government and the same country’s neo-Nazis
Efraim Zuroff in The Times of Israel on a Latvian celebration of the anniversary of… the 1941 Nazi invasion
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ISSUES INCLUDE: “Double Genocide” & “Red-Brown Commission”; “Prague Declaration” (response: Seventy Years Declaration); “heroization” of collaborators; accusations against survivors; criminalization of debate; More
German and Estonian Presidents in Photo-op at “Double Genocide” Shrine in Tallinn
Tallinn photo-op with red-brown backdrop: Estonian president Toomas Hendrik Ilves (left) with German president Joachim Gauck (Postimees—Erik Peinar). The modernist sculptural salute to red-brown equivalence, in the heart of an EU capital, showcases the curious supposed equality of the perpetrators and the liberators of Auschwitz. More red-brown iconography here.
A Vilnius Library with an Agenda?
Official invitation of the “Vilnius Jewish Public Library” to recent event glorifying the “Red-Brown Commission” without a single critic of the commission included in the panel. Geoff Vasil’s eyewitness report. The evening of elite Red-Brown Commission worship featured two top Commission operatives.
Previous event at “Jewish Library” included featured speaker from the antisemitic Genocide Center who the previous week (in the mainstream Lithuanian media) publicly belittled the Holocaust history of “Israeli [he means: Jewish] scholars” in his attempt to sanitize the LAF/PG 1941 killers of Lithuanian Jewry. English translation of his interview; Geoff Vasil replied in Defending History.
See section on the Library
IS THE “JEWISH” LIBRARY STILL COURTING NAIVE FOREIGNERS AND ‘USEFUL JEWISH IDIOTS’ IN ZINGERIAN RED-BROWN CAMPAIGN?
From the Red-Brown Commission’s website:
Commission’s executive director calls beloved Vilnius Holocaust survivor a “liar” on Commission’s website; Exec director’s performance in Riga; at Seimas (for a different audience…); in Rewriting History.
RELATED: DARK TOURISM (FOCUSED ON THE ADULATION FOR HOLOCAUST COLLABORATORS THAT LEADS TO SANITIZATION AND GLORIFICATION); WHAT WERE THE INTENTIONS OF THE LITHUANIAN ACTIVIST FRONT (LAF) BEFORE WAR BROKE OUT? MORE. 2011 EVENTS TO HONOR THEM…
Lithuanian Anti-Fascist Group Mounts Protest in Kaunas Against Glorification of 1941 LAF Killers on Anniversary of the Day the Killing Started
Courageous Antifa Lietuva banner reads: “Real heroes rescued people instead of killing them. Remember the victims of the Holocaust”
Milan Chersonski was there. His report on the event. His take: “Let the world know that not everyone in Lithuania tolerates the distortion of history.”
Milan Chersonski (second from right) is not the only one in town taking pictures of the banner and the handful of demonstrators. Police photographed anti-fascist participants and asked names and addresses (as last February).
The group of courageous demonstrators at the Lietukis Garage memorial, in a city-center courtyard in Kaunas
Milan Chersonski walks with the small group of Antifa Lietuva demonstrators who marched the same route though Kaunas old town that throngs of neo-Nazis take each year on February 16th. This year the neo-Nazis’ banner had honored the 1941 Nazi puppet prime minister on whose watch the Lithuanian Holocaust began.
Antifa Lietuva’s report on the event; on Facebook
MEANWHILE, GENOCIDE CENTER’S MEMBER OF GOV’S RENEWED “RED-BROWN COMMISSION” WAS BUSY SANITIZING THE LAF (AND DISMISSING THE HISTORIC EVIDENCE OF “ISRAELI” SCHOLARS) IN NATIONAL MEDIA. Some of the sources.
Could there really be a “June 23rd Street” in Vilnius?
Milan Chersonski (Vilnius):
Street name in Kaunas for the head of the “Lithuanian Activist Front” (in Berlin) whose hateful radio addresses incited mobs to mass murder.
The lecture hall at Vytautas Magnus University named for the actual Nazi puppet prime minister Juozas Ambrazevičius (Brazaitis) who signed papers confirming German orders for sending the Jews of his city (KAUNAS) to a concentration camp, and for incarcerating all the rest in the ghetto. The 2012 reburial saga.
Leena Hietanen (Tallinn) on the bestseller novel Purge:
Background: Sections on Double Genocide and Collaborators Glorified; Yitzhak Arad’s paper on the academic evolution of the revisionist paradigm; Efraim Zuroff’s “The Equivalency Canard”; articles by Danny Ben-Moshe and Dovid Katz.
SEE ALSO: Books
Commission has caused concern among survivors themselves: Yitzhak Arad, Pinchos Fridberg, Dov Levin, Joseph Melamed, Basheva Ran. A decade and a half of issues.
Still no apology to commission’s former (& founding) member Yitzhak Arad after massive state-sponsored defamation
In 2013, Commission defames Vilnius survivor Pinchos Fridberg on its website, and uses conference in Riga to attack Defending History. Commission member from the Genocide Center uses 23 June 2013 in newest attempt to whitewash 1941 LAF collaborators and perpetrators, in defiance of the history. Accidental omission? His entry on Commission members’ list (with no hint of “completely separate subcommissions”) omits the “detail” that he is director of the “Genocide and Resistance Research Department” at the Genocide Center…
Screening tour of Rewriting History in the UK (London July 10th 2013), presented by Danny Ben-Moshe. RELATED: US tour.
Documentary films by Richard Bloom (USA) and Christian Carlsen (Germany), both scheduled for release on 23 Sept 2013. SEE ALSO: Film listings and Film & Theatre section.
The Clock is Ticking…
TO EVERY THING THERE IS A TIME UNDER THE SUN…
A Need for De-Obfuscation?
Newest Word for Holocaust Revisionism in Eurospeak? “ISTME” (pronounced Is-it-me?) comes under “Science and Technology”!
Is the EU Again Being Bamboozled with “Double Genocide”? Are fine scholars again unwittingly instrumentalized for DG?
More red-equals-brown movement dissemination, now via “Science and Technology”? Orwellian concoctions to downgrade the Holocaust and stifle debate include: “Reconciliation of European Histories”, “Platform of European Memory”, “principle of non-discrimination of victimhood” and now, under “European cooperation in science and technology” (!) a brand new “Euro-classic”: In Search of Transcultural Memory in Europe (ISTME)…
Will it be a fair and balanced conference in Cracow on 16-18 Sept. 2013? Will there be critical papers on the Prague Declaration (and SYD), Double Genocide? state-sponsored glorification of Nazi collaborators (in Croatia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine)? arbitrary redefinition of genocide? attempts to incriminate survivors who joined the anti-Nazi resistance? “red-brown” laws restricting free speech in Hungary and Lithuania?
RELATED: Was Montero instrumentalized in 2011? When the EU “just said No” (2010) [background]; EU section.
Shrines for Nazis, in the EU
International Petition Tops 750 Mark; Progress Seen, as Organizers of Kaunas “Religious Heritage” Conference Reported to Seek Alternative Venue; Vytautas Magnus University Continues to Honor City’s 1941 Nazi Puppet Prime Minister who Presided over Initiation of the Lithuanian Holocaust
He was honored by the central government too in a fiasco including Kaunas’s university. Its leading historian told the press that reburying the fascist underlines “the drama of Lithuanian history” and lamented that administrators were “afraid of getting hit over the head by the Jews with a club.” The city’s Jewish population, once over 30,000, is now several hundred, close to statistical zero.
Defending History urges people of conscience politely to refrain from entering the building until the shrines are removed.
Related: Evaldas Balčiūnas on a military academy named for someone with Nazi-era biographical gaps…..
28-30 May 2013
Fireworks in Jerusalem
Times of Israel coverage by Raphael Ahren. Comment by: Abraham Foxman, Clemens Heni, Robert Wistrich, Efraim Zuroff. More debate.
27-28 May 2013
On the Watch, In Real Time
DEFENDING HISTORY MONITORS THE EAST EUROPEAN EXPORT OF REVISIONIST HOLOCAUST HISTORY, ATTEMPTS AT GLORIFICATION OF LOCAL COLLABORATORS, AND THE ACCOMPANYING RACISM, ANTISEMITISM AND HOMOPHOBIA
CHECKING ON THE INTERNATIONAL SCENE:
DEFENDING HISTORY SUPPORTS HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS, RESISTANCE HEROES AGAINST NAZISM, EAST EUROPEAN JEWISH COMMUNITIES, YIDDISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE; WITH EMPHASIS ON THE LITVAK CULTURE, LEGACY, HISTORY AND FUTURE
Rewriting History ◊ More documentaries ◊ SYD ◊ Donate ◊ Facebook ◊ Neo-Nazis target DefendingHistory.com ◊ But many courageous citizens stand up with courage
22 May 2013
Admirers, in Vilnius, say ‘Happy Birthday’ on Fania Yocheles Brantsovsky’s 91st
Veteran of the Vilna Jewish partisans, Fania Yocheles Brantsovsky answers questions from an international audience that came to celebrate her 91st birthday (at the Jewish Community of Lithuania, in the room dedicated to veterans of the Jewish resistance against the Nazis). She was one of the victims, in recent years, of local prosecutors’ kangaroo “war crimes investigations” against Lithuanian Jews who survived the Holocaust precisely because they joined the anti-Nazi resistance.
Brantsovsky set the tone for public resistance early on, in May 2008, in a Jerusalem Post interview, concurrent with the Wiesenthal Center’s letter to the then Lithuanian ambassador in Israel, and followed by the Jewish community’s own protest. The campaign of defamation has extended to some of the last Lithuanian Holocaust survivors, including Dr. Yitzhak Arad, Prof. Sara Ginaite, Dr. Rachel Margolis, and attorney Joseph Melamed, head of the world’s last active associations of Litvak survivors. There has been massive international reaction including the Australian made documentary film Rewriting History, and the American Defending Holocaust History (scheduled for 23 Sept 2013 release).
HELP SAVE THE FOREST FORT WHERE FANIA YOCHELES AND ANOTHER 100 JEWISH SURVIVORS OF THE VILNA GHETTO FOUGHT THE NAZIS
There is still time for Lithuania’s government to end the six hundred year pre-Holocaust sharing of space in the spirit of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania on the happier note of reconciliation via public apologies to the defamed Jewish partisans (who continue to be defamed in new publications, e.g. “Intermarium” and on Wikipedia etc).
14-15 May 2013
Another EU Supported Lopsided “Double Genocide” Conference, This Time — in Warsaw, Courtesy of the Red-Brown “Platform”
Not one presentation on EU states’ glorification of local Holocaust perpetrators (including street names and reburials of Nazi collaborators; commemorations in Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania); criminalization of debate; Holocaust Obfuscation; Double Genocide; distortionist “genocide museums” and “genocide centers”; state accusations against survivors; failure to seriously prosecute Nazi war criminals and the need for study of underlying narrative-revising motives; red-brown commission’s campaign against a courageous Holocaust survivor in 2013; issues with the Prague Declaration; the Seventy Years Declaration.
Survivor circles express quiet regret that DC’s Holocaust Museum (USHMM) unwittingly supports revisionist agenda by legitimizing, via simple participation, another Double Genocide event in Europe. At earlier events, USHMM was one of an array of “useful Western legitimizers” but this time around it is the only one.
9 May 2013
Jewish Community of Lithuania Honors Veterans of the War Against Hitler
Three Major Lithuanian Sites Claim that Neo-Nazi Internet Figure “Zeppelinus,” a Hater of Poles, Jews, Roma, Russians, Blacks and Gays is actually…
Director of the Economic Ministry’s Human Resources Dept and the Government’s Rep on the “Tripartite Council”
British Foreign Office on Latvia’s National Waffen SS Fest:
Monica Lowenberg Responds in Algemeiner.com & Hope Not Hate; With Classic British Tolerance, Foreign Office Also Posts Her Essay; In the London Jewish News
SEE UK PAGE; ALSO: VYTENIS POVILAS ANDRIUKAITIS; PETER BEAUMONT; BOB BLACKMAN; MARTIN BRIGHT; RICHARD BRODSKY; GORDON BROWN; SIMON BUTT; DAVID CESARANI; LEONIDAS DONSKIS; MARCUS DYSCH; JONATHAN FREEDLAND, (2); BARRY GARDINER; AMELIA GENTLEMAN; SIR MARTIN GILBERT; ESTHER GOLDBERG; MEHDI HASAN; CLEMENS HENI (2); LORD JANNER OF BRAUNSTONE; DOVID KATZ, (2); EDWARD LUCAS; JAMES MACINTYRE; DENIS MACSHANE, (2); JOHN MANN; MANN, BOTTOMLEY & RUSSELL; RABBI BARRY MARCUS; EDWARD McMILLAN-SCOTT; SEUMAS MILNE; MARCUS PAPADOPOULOS; LEIGH PHILLIPS; TESSA RAJAK; WENDY ROBBINS; ANNA SLATER; EMMA STOCK; GEOFF VASIL; TIM WHEWELL; EFRAIM ZUROFF, (2)
But the Council of Europe Takes a Rather Different View (§ 87):
Can’t the West “Just Say No” to Nazi-Worship in the Eastern EU?
NEW CALLS (IN 2013) FOR LITHUANIAN PARLIAMENT TO RECOGNIZE STATEMENT OF 1941 HITLERIST HOLOCAUST COLLABORATORS AS “DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE”. AN APPARENT ATTEMPT TO REVIVE THE EARLIER “LIEKIS PLAN” FOR THE LOCAL HOLOCAUST PERPETRATORS TO BE ENSHRINED IN LAW AS “INDEPENDENCE HEROES”.
“Freedom fighters” force Jewish women to march to their humiliation and murder in Kaunas (Kovno) in 1941. Some want to glorify the perpetrators in an EU/NATO parliament.
MEANWHILE, HISTORIC PRESIDENTIAL PALACE IS PROVIDED AS VENUE TO GLORIFY A PREWAR PRO-FASCIST POLITICIAN. WITH SUPPORT FROM LAWIN LAW FIRM AND THE ČIURLIONIS ART MUSEUM. YAD VASHEM ON AUGUSTINAS VOLDEMARAS
LESS THEN ONE YEAR SINCE THE STATE REBURIED WITH FULL HONORS AND GLORIFIED THE 1941 NAZI PUPPET PRIME MINISTER
RELATED: Images from Riga’s 2013 Waffen SS fest. Lithuania glorifies its 1941 Nazi puppet prime minister. University lecture hall and street names honor collaborators. Estonia. Hungary. Ukraine
BUT NO PUBLIC APOLOGIES FOR THE DEFAMED JEWISH PARTISAN HEROES OF VILNA AND KOVNO GHETTOS
BACKGROUND ♦ DR. YITZHAK ARAD ♦ MS. FANIA BRANTSOVSKY ♦ PROF. SARA GINAITĖ ♦ DR. RACHEL MARGOLIS ♦ ATTORNEY JOSEPH MELAMED
THE DISAPPEARING PARTISAN FORT IN THE FOREST THAT WAS HOME TO ESCAPEES FROM THE VILNA GHETTO. WILL IT BE PRESERVED? ONE OF “TOP 10 OVERLOOKED JEWISH HERITAGE SITES FROM AROUND THE GLOBE”
MORE BACKGROUND: A 2002 Jewish community view on the “Disneyland Ghetto” project; 2009 Lithuanian parliament perspective from the then ruling party
The film features exclusive commentary by historians Efraim Zuroff and Konrad Kwiet; Survivors Fania Yocheles Brantsovsky and Dobke Yonis; Vilnius activists: former Green House Holocaust museum director Rachel Kostanian and former Vilnius University Yiddish professor Dovid Katz; European parliamentarians Denis MacShane, John Mann, Martin Schulz, Gert Weisskirchen; Sensational responses from Lithuanian government officials including red-brown commission boss Ronaldas Račinskas and the prosecutor, Rimvydas Valentukevičius, who “investigates” Holocaust survivors (none of whom were ever charged with anything or received a public apology); MEP Vytautas Landsbergis later withheld permission for inclusion of his own taped interview…
Didier Bertin Launches Seventy Years Declaration (SYD) in France; MP Marietta Karamanli is most recent signatory
♦ Riga Conference on Holocaust Issues (Shamir Foundation)
♦ Global Forum on Combating Antisemitism (Jerusalem)
Opinion: R. BRODSKY; LATVIA’S UK AMBASSADOR; MONICA LOWENBERG
Reports: AP; Delfi; Fox; J. Kaža; Jewish News — JNS.org; Reuters; RIA; RT (video; 2); Times of Israel; Washington Post; YNet; Video of wreath laying; Yahoo. Gallery of images. More media. WWN media list.
City Mounted Wholesome Family Event on Main Boulevard, but it was Followed by a Massive Neo-Nazi March; There were Few Protesters
EYEWITNESS REPORTS: ANNA SHEPHERD AND GEOFF VASIL
“MORAL CAPITULATION” FROM PRESIDENT, PRIME MINISTER AND THE MAYOR ON NEO-NAZIS’ ANNUAL TAKEOVER OF CAPITAL’S CENTER ON NATION’S INDEPENDENCE DAY; NO COMMENT ON LEGALIZED SWASTIKAS
President says: “You call them nationalists, I would speak of nationally conscious youth” but Lithuanian Social Democratic Party (LSDP) issues statement opposing the marches (the statement)
After winning in court, city informed of fascists’ call for “unsanctioned march” starting Monday 3 PM at Vilnius Cathedral Square. Some media try to spin a win for mayor’s office; PM speaks out; Extra police promised; Police warn marchers; Poll shows most Lithuanians oppose far right’s marches; Efraim Zuroff comments in the Jerusalem Post.
Court on 4 March had accepted the city’s arguments for shifting neo-Nazis from central boulevard (Gedimino) to across the river (in Šnipiškės / Shnípishok). Nationalist group then demanded the (once Jewish) Old Town instead but city refused. In the end, police caved in to neo-Nazis’ illegal takeover of Gedimino.
Neo-Nazi movement dominates the capital’s center on March 11th Independence Day since 2008 when ‘Juden raus’ and anti-Russian, anti-Polish chants inaugurated the takeover. Eyewitness reports of 2011 and 2012. Protest petitions: Washington & London. One of the annual organizers, at right (with “White Power” scarf this year), was long-time “chief public relations specialist” (!) at the Genocide Research Center. . .
Celebrating the Holocaust? Lead banner glorified 1941 Nazi puppet PM in the city whose 30,000 Jewish citizens were massacred. Genocide started on his watch…
Eyewitness reports by: Evaldas Balčiūnas; Dovid Katz, (2); Geoff Vasil; Efraim Zuroff. Statement by Holocaust survivors in Israel. Writer in Balsas.lt calls for Zuroff and Katz to “be given up to be torn apart” while another in Atgimimas/Delfi.lt/Lithuania Tribune says the Jews want antisemitism as part of their financial trickery…
LEAD KAUNAS BANNER FEATURED PICTURE OF THE 1941 NAZI PUPPET PRIME MINISTER JUOZAS AMBRAZEVIČIUS (BRAZAITIS) WHO PERSONALLY SIGNED ORDERS FOR A CONCENTRATION/MASS MURDER CAMP AND REMOVAL TO A GHETTO OF THE ENTIRE JEWISH POPULATION OF KAUNAS.
IN MAY 2012, HE WAS REBURIED WITH FULL HONORS AND GLORIFIED BY STATE INSTITUTIONS, CAUSING MAJOR EMBARRASSMENT IN THE EU AND NATO. VYTAUTAS MAGNUS UNIVERSITY IN KAUNAS CONTINUES TO HONOR THE COLLABORATOR.
But on their websites, the march’s advocates feel rather less inhibited about expressing their further thoughts and fantasies (supposedly mitigated by the lower caption: “Kaunas, February 16th 2013 — If to believe the tales of anti-fascists and Jewish activists”)
More from the neo-Nazi imagination in Lithuania: their websites featured this photoshopped image of Defending History’s editor on a motorcycle (he has not yet been on one….) in early 2013. Our reader Dr. J. Breeze, UK, found the apparent source in a Hagrid image.
Efraim Zuroff’s Vilnius Press Conference on the Eve of State-Sanctioned City-Center Neo-Nazi Marches
on 3 pro-Nazi events: Kaunas 16 Feb; Vilnius 11 March; Riga 16 March
Nazi marches condemned at Feb 15th news conference in Vilnius, but new Prime Minister praised for speaking out against racist manifestations before the event; Now calls are upon the PM and president to cancel the next (March 11th) Neo-Nazi parade in the capital on the nation’s second (1990-based) Independence Day.
MEDIA COVERAGE (part): 15min.lt; Balsas.lt; Bernardinai.lt; BNS; Delfi.ee; Delfi.lt; Diena.lt; Faktai.lt; Infodiena.lt; Info.lt; Kaunodiena.lt; Lankeliene.eu; Lietuvoszynios.lt; Lrt.lt; Lrytas.lt; Lrytas.lt (2); Lzinios.lt; Ru.delfi.lt; SWC; Tv.lrytas.lt.
MEANTIME, HEAD OF BALTIC NEWS SERVICE (BNS) ATTACKS DR. ZUROFF & HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR & LITHUANIAN JEWISH COMMUNITY MEMBER PROF. PINCHOS FRIDBERG, WHO HAS RESPONDED.
Prof. Fridberg (at right) with Dr. Zuroff at the BNS press conference:
Dr. Zuroff at right, at end of press conference, with Milan Chersonski, editor (1998-2011) of the Jewish community’s quadrilingual newspaper Jerusalem of Lithaunia…
and — Efraim Zuroff (right) and Dovid Katz monitoring the march the next day in icy Kaunas (Kovno)…
First Anniversary: Seventy Years Declaration (SYD) Goes Multilingual, amid Mounting Success in Exposing Revisionist “Double Genocide” Campaign; First Reviews of the New Documentary Film “Rewriting History”
HISTORY DEFENDED! Never again will Prague-Declaration Double-Genocide politics, projects, Genocide Center double-talk, and “Judaic/Yiddish/Holocaust” stunts successfully cover for supposed consensus “unified history” of the new Europe. Reports on most recent red-brown fiasco in Vilnius.
HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS SPEAK OUT:
From the ‘photoshop art’ of 2013: image of the editor of DefendingHistory.com that appeared in 2013 on a number of far-right websites in Lithuania. Are they really so afraid of a former Yiddish teacher?
2013: Call on US State Dept to Reject Politics of Holocaust Denial and Appeasement of Eastern Europe’s New Far Right
Shock of 2012: When a NATO-EU Ally Reburied and Glorified its 1941 Nazi Puppet Prime Minister who Signed Orders for Kovno Ghetto
Instead of politely protesting, the US Embassy in Vilnius financed a camouflage symposium on Holocaust issues to deflect attention from the week’s event. Framed to honor T. Snyder’s book Bloodlands, it also featured the head of YIVO.
One of the invited speakers later told the press that glorifying the Nazi puppet PM shows the world the “drama of Lithuanian history” and said that people are afraid of “the Jews” clobbering them with “a club”… His university (Vytautas Magnus in Kaunas) continues to honor the 1941 Nazi puppet PM. International petition is underway.
US CITIZENS: PLEASE WRITE TO ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES
ISSUES INCLUDE PLANNED NAZI MARCHES IN CENTER OF KAUNAS (16 FEB 2013), VILNIUS (11 MAR 2013) AND RIGA (16 MAR 2013); PUBLIC MEMORIALS FOR NAZI MURDERERS AND COLLABORATORS; APOLOGIES TO ACCUSED HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS; SEVENTY YEARS DECLARATION; DEMOCRACY AND FREE SPEECH
THESE ARE AMERICAN & WESTERN VALUES:
Honoring the struggle against Hitler led by the UK, the US and their allies (including Jewish partisans in the forests of Eastern Europe)
Objecting to attempts to conflate perpetrators and victims into the mush of obfuscation
Rejecting attempts to glorify the Nazis and their local collaborators
Speaking out robustly against neo-Nazism, racism, antisemitism, homophobia
Refusing to collaborate in bogus “Jewish” projects (and sham “Holocaust symposiums”) intended to cover for Double Genocide policies
Standing up for free speech and the right to dissent
WARSAW: Statue of “Praying Hitler” is unveiled in the Warsaw Ghetto. Reports in the Guardian, Daily Mail, Huffington Post.
KIEV: Eleonora Groisman, president of the Ukrainian Independent Council of Jewish Women, speaks out on renewed antisemitism coming from nationalist party. Meantime, nationalists celebrate memory of the fascist Bandera.
VILNIUS: Plans underway for annual neo-Nazi march on nation’s independence day. Olga Zabludoff relaunches international petition.
2012 — Quite a Year for Defending History
Brussels, January 20th:
The Seventy Years Declaration, the first serious EU level challenge to the 2008 Prague Declaration, was signed by 71 EU parliamentarians. Never again would the Double Genocide “Prague Process” be sold as undisputed “truth” in the European conversation. Spirited debate ensued.
Lithuanian foreign minister berates his eight countrymen (all Social Democrats) who signed the SYD, and makes infamous “moustache remark” about Hitler and Stalin. MP Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis (now minister of health) replied powerfully. So did UK MP and author Denis MacShane. Andres Spokoiny’s tribute to MP Andriukaitis.
MP (& health minister) Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis
Vilnius, January 27th:
President of Lithuania honors Brandeis professor Antony Polonsky for “the promotion of Lithuania’s name in the world.” Issues include the definition of “genocide,” the Prague Declaration, the Rachel Margolis case, and instrumentalization in an international campaign of government PR.
Tallinn, February 14th:
Estonia’s parliament passes the infamous “Valentine Day’s Law” that paves the way for official state glorification of the country’s Waffen SS.
Kaunas, February 16th:
Neo-Nazi march, complete with legalized “Lithuanian swastikas” covers all of central Kaunas on the nation’s February independence day, is addressed by supportive members of parliament.
Tel Aviv, March 5th:
Holocaust survivors, most in their late 80s, lead a picket line at the Dan Panorama in Tel Aviv as a group of wealthy South African Jews of Litvak descent honor the foreign minister who had insulted the Jewish community and Holocaust survivors on various occasions.
Vilnius, March 11th:
Neo-Nazi march, complete with legalized “Lithuanian swastikas” covers all of the central boulevard of the capital city, Vilnius, on the nation’s March 11th independence day. Right-wing members of parliament were on hand to support the neo-Nazis.
Strasbourg, March 14th:
Seventy Years Declaration is presented to Martin Schulz, president of the European Parliament.
Riga, March 16th:
The annual parade and ceremony to h0nor Latvia’s Waffen SS again goes forward in central Riga with massive support from the central government.
Vilnius & Kaunas in May:
Lithuanian government invests tens of thousands of litas to repatriate, rebury with full honors amidst glittering events the 1941 Nazi puppet prime minister who personally signed confirmation of the orders for all the Jewish citizens of his city (Kovno/Kaunas) to be herded into a ghetto within four weeks. American embassy issues shamefully “balanced” statement at the glorification of the Nazi PM, as if Nazism merits a “balanced diplomatic nuancing” in the 21st century (but in September three congressmen issued a morally solid letter of protest). Powerful responses came from Liberal MEP Leonidas Donskis, from Social Democratic MP Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis, and the Jewish Community of Lithuania.
Zhager (Žagarė), July 13th:
A partnership between a local Lithuanian businessmen, members of the municipality, and foreigners of Litvak origin team up to produce Lithuania’s first and only (?) town center plaque that tells the simple truth about the fate of the town’s Jewish population.
Lithuanian president signs order for renewal and enlargement of the Zingeris-Racinskas “Red-Brown Commission”; in return for various diplomatic favors, Israeli and American support provides cover. A public statement and protest letter were issued by the last association in Israel of Lithuanian Holocaust survivors.
Tel Aviv, September:
The untimely death of former Israeli ambassador to Latvia and Lithuania, HE Chen Ivri Apter, is followed by Leivick House’s release of 2009 video from the Tel Aviv event to honor defamed Holocaust survivor, resistance hero and historian Dr. Rachel Margolis, during which the ambassador powerfully addressed the Double Genocide movement head on.
Sydney & Melbourne, September:
Documentary film Rewriting History (Marc Radomsky and Danny Ben-Moshe) is released in Australia. The story of Defending History is one of its central themes…
Vilnius, September 24th:
Jailhouse Rock: Israeli dignitaries play to the hilt the Zingerian roles assigned to them for the latest Jewish farce in town: The Menachem Begin plaque on the jailhouse wall.
Vilnius, September 27th:
Nine young protesters picket the opening of an exhibit at Vilnius University of the artwork of a racist, antisemitic, homophobic envelope designer.
Lund, Lviv & Canada, October:
Dr. Per Anders Rudling of Lund University, Sweden, leads the international effort to expose the lecture tour arranged by Ukrainian-Canadian nationalists for the head of a museum that obfuscates the Holocaust in Lviv. Dr. Rudling attacked by the nationalists, supported by fellow academics. In the meantime, blanket silence over the appearance of the Holocaust distorter at Harvard, and the (uninformed) praise by the Canadian prime minister.
Major red-brown conference in Vilnius with the outgoing prime minister as headline speaker. Pre-event; event; Evaldas Balčiūnas; Pinchos Fridberg; Geoff Vasil.
Knighted professor (see January 27th above) organizes a second UCL conference in London. Ninety year old Holocaust survivor leads simultaneous protest at the Lithuainan embassy in London.
The Seventy Years Declaration (SYD)
Europe’s first parliamentary response to the Prague Declaration of 2008
An end to the “Prague Process” era of unchallenged Double Genocide and Holocaust Obfuscation spin
Text of the Declaration: in English ◊ in Finnish ◊ in French ◊ in German ◊ in Lithuanian ◊ in Russian ◊ in Polish ◊ in Yiddish
Presented to the President of the European Parliament; video clip
Lithuanian Citizens Spoke Out
Eight Signatories of SYD: MEPs Justas Paleckis, Vilija Blinkevičiūtė; MPs Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis, Justinas Karosas, Marija Aušrinė Pavilionienė, Julius Sabatauskas, Algirdas Sysas, Birutė Vėsaitė
Dr. Shimon Alperovich (Simonas Alperavičius)
Documentary films by: Saulius Beržinis; Alicija Žukauskaitė
Nine demonstrators at the opening of Vilnius University’s exhibit for an antisemitic and homophobic artist
plus many Lithuanian-citizen signatories of Olga Zabludoff’s petition against the capital’s neo-Nazi march, Krystyna Anna Steiger’s against memorials to Nazi collaborators, and Monica Lowenberg’s calling on the Lithuanian government to take simple and honorable steps
plus DefendingHistory regulars Evaldas Balčiūnas, Milan Chersonski, Geoff Vasil
Campaigns underway to glorify the Waffen SS in 3 countries — for both domestic and international consumption
Latvia (Latvia section; UK connection; Monica Lowenberg’s petition)
Ukrainian Holocaust-Revisionist Museum Seeks Legitimacy with Well-Oiled North American Tour; Dr. Rudling Protests
1: Ultranationalists sponsor a North American lecture tour for a Lviv-based museum director. Harvard University (18 Oct) and a meeting with Canada’s prime minister (19 Oct) included.
2: Lund University (Sweden) historian Dr. Per Anders Rudling protests.
3: Canadian organizations complain to the vice-chancellor in Sweden about Dr. Rudling.
4: Exclusive: Per Anders Rudling in DefendingHistory
5: Scholars issue open letter
State honors collaborator: Elie Wiesel & Knesset Speaker Rivlin react
Hollande on French collaboration; but Lithuanian FM wants Double Genocide to feature in EU presidency
- •Lithuanian Jewish Community in Vilnius (Vílne); tourism advice
- • Kaunas (Kóvne)
- • Klaipeda (Meml)
- • Panevėžys (Pónevezh)
- • THE GREEN HOUSE
- • SUGIHARA HOUSE
- • EXOTIC TOURISM
- • DARK TOURISM
- • IN YOUR POCKET
- • Communities in Belarus
- • Communites in Latvia
- • Riga’s Jewish museum
- • Riga’s Holocaust museum
EU/NATO Ally Honors Holocaust Collaborator; Lithuanian Jewish Community Issues Protest; 3 US Congressmen Write to Prime Minister
Remains of 1941 fascist leader met by honor guard at Vilnius Airport on 17 May 2012 and reburied in Kaunas’s Church of the Resurrection on the 20th, as city’s mayor dismisses criticism.
Office of the prime minister, who signed off on government funding (€8,700 / US $11,000), defends reburial & honors of the 1941 Nazi puppet “prime minister” who personally signed the protocols confirming Nazi orders for (1) “all means” against Jews (but avoiding executions in public); (2) setting up a concentration camp for Lithuanian Jews [euphemism for the carnage underway at the Seventh Fort]; (3) all Kaunas Jews to be herded into a ghetto within 4 weeks (English here).
Archbishop who praised the wartime collaborator then officiated at the reburial, which was attended (and praised) by MEP V. Landsbergis and former president Valdas Adamkus. The Lithuanian Army Orchestra provided the music.
Coverage: DH I, II; Ofer Aderet in Haaretz I, II, III, IV & V; Arutz 7; BBC News Europe; Jewish Chronicle (London) I, II; 15min.Lt/BNS; Baltic Course; European Jewish Press, II; Rzeczpospolita; Newsweek Poland; Wprost. Vilhjálmur Örn Vilhjálmsson on first Kaunas conference; Geoff Vasil on 2nd Kaunas conference. Edward Lucas on the Economist blog and in EuropeanVoice.com. More here.
- LITHUANIAN CITIZENS STOOD UP:
- ♦ JEWISH COMMUNITY & MUSEUM (but only on Community’s website);
- ♦ DOZENS OF CITIZENS SIGNED K.A. STEIGER’S PETITION (NOW: AGAINST SITES HONORING COLLABORATORS);
- ♦ MP VYTENIS ANDRIUKAITIS CHALLENGES FOREIGN MINISTER IN THE SEIMAS; PARLIAMENTARY STATEMENT BY MPS ANDRIUKAITIS & SYSAS
- ♦ MILAN CHERSONSKI IN DH;
- ♦ THE FULL STATEMENT OF MEP LEONIDAS DONSKIS AND HIS ESSAY (IN ENGLISH);
- ♦ DARIUS UDRYS IN VILNEWS.COM;
- ♦ INTELLECTUALS’ “POST-FACTO” OPEN LETTER, INCLUDING SOME WHO TOOK DIFFERENT STANCE DURING THE EVENTS IN MAY 2012.
Protests: Petition ◊ Jewish Community of Lithuania & Vilna Gaon Museum [not on museum's website] ◊ Lithuanian MPs V.P. Andriukaitis and A. Sysas ◊ MP Andriukaitis takes on the foreign minister in parliament; B’nai B’rith International (Washington DC) ◊ European Jewish Parliament ◊ Milan Chersonski in DH.Com ◊ DH ◊ MEP Leonidas Donskis ◊ Dovid Katz ◊ Michael and Fausta Maass (ICEJ) ◊ Regnum.ru ◊ Federation of Russian Jews ◊ Darius Udrys in VilNews.Com ◊ Vilhjálmur Örn Vilhjálmsson ◊ Geoff Vasil in DH ◊ Efraim Zuroff in the Jerusalem Post; Wiesenthal Center (LA) ◊ Post-facto public letter ◊ 3 US Congressmen Write to PM.
Wobbles, teeters and set-ups: Yale professor answers The Question, in Vilnius. He and NY Yivo director are feted in Vilnius the same week, some say, to deflect attention; their symposium fails to mention the concurrent state-sponsored events to honor collaborator. An open letter.
Whitewash and glorification: Prime Minister; MEP Landsbergis I, II; former President Adamkus; Foreign Minister; Culture Minister; Parliament’s PR office; Archbishop; Kaunas history professor (original); the “liberal” Bernardinai.lt, & II; Mayor of Kaunas; VilNews.com editor-in-chief; “Documentary”; Far-rightist J. Panka in the Jewish Chronicle; open letter from 61 academics; Video promo for “documentary film”. Stage 2 of the earlier attempt by A. Liekis at LAF-PG state glorification?
Deflection: Elite (international) symposium on the Lithuanian Holocaust, in Vilnius the same week, centered on “Bloodlands” and with no menti0n of the concurrent reburial ceremonies underway. Open letter in reply. One of the symposium’s participants went on (domestically) to trumpet the “drama of Lithuanian history” inherent for him in reburying a major Nazi collaborator, accusing “the Jews” of intimidating his university’s administrators “with a club”; but when it was all over, he went on to become John Hancock no. 1 of the “post-facto letter”…
Debates: MP Vytenis Andriukaitis vs. Foreign Minister Audronius Ažubalis on the floor of the Lithuanian parliament; Aage Myhre and Darius Udrys in VilNews. Dovid Katz replied to Edward Lucas.
ABOVE: On the watch of the 1941 Nazi puppet “prime minister” Juozas Ambrazevičius (later Brazaitis): Local white-armbanders loyal to the “provisional government” surround Jewish women in Kaunas on the march from their homes to humiliation and mass murder.
BELOW: Signature of the prime minister of the Provisional Government of Lithuania, Juozas Ambrazevičius (Brazaitis) on the 7 July 1941 protocol [English translation here]. The text includes: “By German order a ghetto for Jews will be established in Vilijampolė, to which all the Jews of the city of Kaunas must be moved within 4 weeks.”
Heavily guarded Kovno Ghetto gate isolating the tens of thousands of the city’s citizens who were Jewish for incarceration, slave labor, humiliation and genocide. Provisional Government confirmation of the German order for the ghetto was signed by the puppet prime minister.
— Dr. Shimon Alperovich, chairperson of the Jewish Community of Lithuania
Vilnius’s Choral Synagogue was defaced on May 18th 2012. Milan Chersonski commented to Haaretz: “This was the unofficial supplementary program to honor the Nazi collaborator. If great eminences like the former heads of state Vytautas Landsbergis and Valdas Adamkus are parties to the honoring of a Holocaust collaborator, then hooligans in town feel able to make their own contribution too with a can of paint thrown at the synagogue. In their own way, they all have thrown paint in the faces of the small surviving Jewish community in the country.” Police have made no arrests. PHOTO: MILAN CHERSONSKI.
QUESTION: Will Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas maintain the deeply offensive lecture hall name honoring the Nazi puppet prime minister who signed the protocols confirming Nazi orders for that very city’s Jews to be put in a concentration camp and ghetto? Are these the values being instilled in students at one of the best universities in the Baltics?
“Lithuania has her magnificent real heroes of 1941: the inspirational people who saved an innocent neighbor from the LAF and Provisional Government’s reign of genocide, starting with the war’s first week. They are that year’s heroes of history who should be honored. May their families live to see streets and squares named for them.”
→ זשאַגער (Zhager) by Rod Freedman; by Sara Manobla; by Rose Zwi; by DH.com
→ Bankier’s last book
→ Cassedy reviewed by Allan Nadler; by Efraim Zuroff; by Olga Zabludoff; by Dovid Katz
→ אחשוורוש מעדאַלן
→ Forward’s Paul Berger on “Sunflower Litvaks” (PDF)
→ Reply to Economist
→ Berzhinis’s film
→ Račinskas brand of “Holocaust studies”
→ In London Jewish News
→ “Moderate Litvaks”
Kovno Ghetto Survivor and Resistance Hero Joe Melamed, 87, Leads March 5th 2012 Picket Line Against “Sellout Gala” at the Tel Aviv Dan Panorama
Lithuanian Foreign Minister and Brothers Zingeris are Greeted by Protesting Holocaust Survivors
Report on YNET. The Times of Israel. 15min.lt. Itongadol.com. Agencia Judia. Forverts (Yiddish Forward). Background. More.
Holocaust survivors Shlomo Cheskov (left, from Shavl/Šiauliai), and Joseph Melamed (from Kovno/Kaunas) at the Tel Aviv demonstration. Mr. Cheskov’s sign says (in Yiddish) “With our partisan heroes, against neo-Nazism. We are here!” Mr. Melamed’s (in Hebrew) addressed to the South African businessmen diners at the gala dinner: “Dear Diners! Where is your conscience? Your solidarity with Holocaust survivors and resistance fighters and partisans?” Photo: Bella Bryks-Klein.
Some of the 18 protesters, led by Joe Melamed (first from left), chairman of the Association of Lithuanian Jews in Israel, who greeted Lithuanian Foreign Minister Ažubalis at a Tel Aviv “gala” at which he was guest of honor. It is just over a month since Ažubalis belittled his parliamentary colleagues who signed the Seventy Years Declaration marking the Wannsee anniversary in January, when he made his infamous comment on moustache length being the one difference between Hitler and Stalin. Back in 2010 the Jewish community in Lithuania called a special meeting to draft a statement protesting a major antisemitic outburst by the foreign minister. There are seven major areas of unresolved Lithuanian-Jewish issues. Photo: Bella Bryks-Klein.
Boldly defying the right wing government’s Holocaust politics, a number of leading Lithuanian Social Democrats have stood up with courage. Six MPs and two MEPs signed the SYD. They were attacked by the current foreign minister in his “moustache reply” and an article (and in a “cooked” radio panel).
MP Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis, the SD foreign affairs spokesman, replied robustly. UK MP Denis MacShane sent personal letters to each of the signatories. Then, two Social Democratic MPs issued a statement in the Seimas protesting the state’s honoring of the 1941 Nazi puppet prime minister.
MP Andriukaitis challenged the foreign minister on the floor of the Seimas.
90th Birthday of Dr. Rachel Margolis
Left her safe haven with righteous Christians to join her family in the Vilna Ghetto. Joined the Jewish underground anti-Nazi resistance. Witness to creation of the Yiddish Partisan Hymn.
Escaped to join the partisans and fought valiantly against the Nazis in the forests of Lithuania. The only one in her family to survive the Holocaust.
Volunteered for the short-lived Jewish museum after the war.
Dedicated half a century to Biology at Vilnius University.
Helped establish the Green House Holocaust exhibit. Rediscovered, deciphered and published Kazimierz Sakowicz’s diary of Ponár. Author of a remarkable memoir. Beloved guide, lecturer and teacher on Jewish Vilna and the Holocaust.
Target of a campaign of defamation by Vilnius prosecutors, the “Lithuanian Human Rights Association” and other far-right Holocaust-revisionist elites.
Afraid to return to her beloved Vilna for one last visit. Lithuanian government refuses to reach out to her, while prosecutors repeat threats on kangaroo ‘war crimes investigation’ (most recently for the record in the 2012 documentary ‘Rewriting History’)
MORE INFORMATION AND TRIBUTES:
RACHEL MARGOLIS FACT SHEET ♦ FORMER UK PRIME MINISTER GORDON BROWN ♦ 5 MEMBERS OF THE US CONGRESS ♦ ACADEMIC STUDIES PRESS ♦ KEENE STATE COLLEGE ♦ SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE ♦ LORD JANNER OF BRAUNSTONE ♦ LATE LITHUANIAN PRIME MINISTER ALGIRDAS BRAZAUSKAS ♦ ISRAELI AMBASSADOR CHEN IVRI APTER ♦ ADL DIRECTOR ABRAHAM FOXMAN ♦ NCSJ ♦ METRO WEST HOLOCAUST COUNCIL ♦ LEIVICK HOUSE TEL AVIV ♦ JEWISH CHRONICLE ♦ ALGEMEINER JOURNAL (& 2) ♦ RACHEL MARGOLIS.COM
Coverage in DefendingHistory.com:
New ‘Holocaust Room’ in the Cellar of Vilnius’s State Sponsored Genocide Museum Sanitizes the Local Fascists who Unleashed the Genocide of Lithuanian Jewry
Culmination of a year of government events glorifying the Lithuanian Activist Front (LAF) and other Hitlerist groups that initiated (and whose members became the backbone of) the annihilation of the country’s Jewish minority
LAF leaflets set out plans for genocide prior to the German invasion. Historians on the 1941 campaign of mass murder. Survivors testify. Map. Recent nationalist glorification. Now, the new Holocaust Room in the cellar of a major state museum in an EU capital has this to say:
Year to commemorate the perpetrators ran parallel with a year to commemorate the Holocaust, too; One in a series of ‘dual tracks’ to satisfy at once the antisemitic, Holocaust-revisionist Far Right and foreign Jewish groups
ANTISEMITIC EXHIBITS IN MAIN HALL OF GENOCIDE MUSEUM DISPLAYED AS BEFORE, WITH NO CURATORIAL COMMENT
Vilnius Prosecutors Launch Campaign against Another Holocaust Survivor, 86, this time via — Interpol!
At Lithuanian prosecutors’ demand, Israeli Interpol liaison officers speak with Mr. Melamed about the ‘accusations’
Yad Vashem withdraws invitations to visiting minster and resident ambassador for Vilna Ghetto commemoration; Coverage in Haaretz by Yossi Melman; Associated Press (→ CBS News, Fox, MSNBC, Washington Post, YahooNews etc); JTA (→ WJC, JJ, Juedische.at, etc); Mishpacha
IS THIS REALLY HOW THEY SHOULD NOW BE RECYCLED BY ‘NEW EUROPE’?
With non-stop defamation: Lithuanian ‘Human Rights’ [!] Association calls for ‘sentencing’ of named ‘citizens of Jewish nationality’ for ‘organizing a massive slaughter’; Document is here; Comment here & here.
Estonia’s Elite Celebrates 70th Anniversary of Hitler’s Invasion on 8 July; Jewish Community Protests
Plus: Waffen-SS Event on 30 July is Defended by Prime Minister and Elites; Comment on the event. Comment by Vilhjálmur Örn Vilhjálmsson. Whither Estonia’s 2010 westward diplomatic shift?
1000 Neo-Nazi Marchers Fill Central Vilnius on Lithuania’s Independence Day; They are Addressed by Two Members of Parliament
Marcher sports a designer swastika on her handbag at the March 11th 2012 neo-Nazi march on Gedimino Prospect in the heart of Vilnius, the Lithuanian capital.
Brussels — Valiant members of parliament and the European Parliament from Latvia, Lithuania and other East European Countries sign the Seventy Years Declaration
Šiauliai — Evaldas Balčiūnas is translating the memoir of a Jewish woman partisan of the Vilna Ghetto
Vilnius — Social Democratic MP Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis boldly responds to the latest Holocaust-related article by the foreign minister of Lithuania
Vilnius — In the face of untoward pressure over many years, Rachel Kostanian has maintained steadfast historical accuracy in the Green House Holocaust department of the State Jewish Museum; Esther Goldberg’s reports I & II
Vilnius — Books and a documentary of lasting value produced by the House of Memory, led by Linas Vildžiūnas, Vaidotas Reivytis and others; projects curtailed by the government’s ‘red-brown establishment’ monopolizing resources
Vilnius — Saulius Beržinis’s Kopa Studios producing series of uniquely spin-free documentaries on the Holocaust
Latvian President Blesses Waffen SS March in Riga; Council of Europe’s Racism Unit Condemns Event; 1500 Turn Out
The president of Latvia endorsed this year’s Waffen SS march, “bowing his head” to his nation’s Waffen SS. Latvia’s ambassador to the UK defended the march. Council of Europe condemns the event. UK MP John Mann. UK Parliament Early Day Motion 2866. 1500 Turn Out.
A wreath for Holocaust survivors was covered by the Waffen SS logo by the event’s organizers. Two anti-Nazi activists exposed the wreath again for a short time, before they were removed by police.
Foreign protesters included Efraim Zuroff of the Simon Wiesenthal Center (Jerusalem), Joel Rubinfeld of the European Jewish Parliament (Brussels), Monica Lowenberg, creator of the anti-march international petition (London).
Rewriting History (Marc Radomsky & Danny Ben-Moshe) challenges East European governments’ “Double Genocide” politics and the 2008 “Prague Declaration”
The film highlights the 2012 arrival of the Seventy Years Declaration at the European Parliament, where it was received by EP president Martin Schulz
Increased Turnout for This Year’s Waffen-SS March in Riga
Solemnly commemorates the Holocaust and reaffirms human rights of all people. Opposes the Prague Declaration and ‘Double Genocide’ politics. Rejects glorification of the Waffen SS of Estonia and Latvia and the Lithuanian Activist Front (LAF).
Lithuania’s foreign minister’s “moustache response” came within minutes of SYD’s release.
SYD TEXT IN BELARUSIAN; ENGLISH; FRENCH; GERMAN; LITHUANIAN; POLISH; RUSSIAN; SPANISH; YIDDISH; LIST OF UK SIGNATORIES; LITHUANIAN FOREIGN MINISTER ATTACKS SIGNATORIES WITHIN MINUTES
Danny Ben-Moshe launches SYD in the Jerusalem Post. SYD published. Lithuanian Foreign Minister responds in minutes with infamous “moustache comparison” of Hitler and Stalin, later attacks Lithuanian parliamentarians who signed. UK MP Denis MacShane congratulates the Lithuanian Eight who signed. Vytenis Andriukaitis, signatory of nation’s Declaration of Independence, replies to FM. Roger Cohen in the New York Times. Gang-up on Lithuanian radio panel. AJ, Forward, Haaretz, JC.
British parliamentarian tells Lithuanian signatories of the 70 Years Declaration:
DefendingHistory.com congratulates the Lithuanian parliamentarians among the founding 70 signatories of the Seventy Years Declaration for their courage, integrity, love of all their country’s peoples, and genuine commitment to European values: