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2016 Named Year for Remembering Lithuanian President Kazys Grinius

The Yad Vashem Memorial Museum and Institute in Jerusalem has recognized interwar Lithuanian president Kazys Grinius and wife Kristina as Righteous Gentiles based on Kaunas ghetto underground partisan Dmitri Gelpern's testimony.

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Rothschild Foundation Conference

The Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe held a conference to discuss Jewish cemetery heritage protection issues in Vilnius from October 25 to 28.

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Difficult challenges for Lithuania and Israel

President Dalia Grybauskaitė, who is in Israel on an official visit, met with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. The meeting – the first between the Lithuanian President and the President of Israel, who was elected last year – focused on the most relevant issues relating to regional security and bilateral cooperation.

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What did I inherit from my family who survived the Lithuanian Holocaust?

In this important and poignant collection of thoughts and memories from descendants of Holocaust survivors, 88 men and women from around the world share personal, often heartrending reflections...

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LJC Letter to the Prosecutor and the Genocide Center

2016-02-11

Lithuanian Jewish Community
No, 179, February 11, 2016

To:
The Honorable Evaldas Pašilis
Office of Lithuanian Prosecutor General

The Honorable Birutė Burauskaitė
Center for the Study of the Genocide and Resistance of the Residents of Lithuania

Re: Possible actions connected with the list comprised of 2,055 people who are alleged to have committed or contributed to the murder of Jews during World War II

February 11, 2016, Vilnius

The Lithuanian Jewish Community, seeking the restoration of historical justice and commemoration, and honoring the principles of the rule of law, equality before the law and the presumption of innocence, proposes:

I. To the Center for the Study of the Genocide and Resistance of the Residents of Lithuania (henceforth Center):

1. To provide information of a general nature regarding the 2,055 people alleged to have committed or contributed to the murder of Jews during World War II (henceforth List), for example, information about the general structure of the list, what sort of categories of people it contains and in what proportion:

1.1 how many people in total participated directly in the murders and how many contributed indirectly;
1.2 how many people were convicted and not rehabilitated;
1.3 how many people were convicted but have been rehabilitated;
1.4 are there people, and if so, how many, who have been honored in some way by the Republic of Lithuania;
1.4.1. awarded the status of volunteer soldier;
1.4.2. awarded the status of Freedom Fighter;
1.4.3. awarded the Order of the Cross of Vytis;
1.4.4. honored by statues whose construction was financed by funds from the state or municipal institutions;
1.5. how many people are there who were not tried and remain alive (i.e., for whom criminal prosecution is still possible)?

2. To disseminate publicly information about the List, for example, on the official Center website;

2.1. to disclose the identities on the List according to category, describing each category and their actual contribution to the implementation of the Holocaust. The following categories may be distinguished:

2.1.1. Members of the Ypatingasis būrys (aka Special Unit);
2.1.2. members of police battalions (by battalion);
2.1.3. members of the Tautinio darbo apsauga (aka TDA, aka National Labor Security) Battalion (those who didn’t participate in any battalion afterwards);
2.1.4. municipal officials responsible for concentrating people of Jewish ethnicity in the small towns of Lithuania;
2.1.5. People responsible for seizing the property of people of Jewish ethnicity;
2.1.6. Insurgents/rural district police officers who participated in the destruction of Jews (or only those who were convicted and have not been rehabilitated);
2.1.7. Other categories.

3. To hand over to the Prosecutor General of the Republic of Lithuania (henceforth Prosecutor) information on people for whom criminal prosecution is still possible, if such exist.

4. To approach the Administrative Court with a request to annul the status of volunteer soldier or Freedom Fighter is there are people on the List holding such status;

5. To propose the President of the Republic of Lithuania to remove from the list of those awarded by the state the people on the List, if there are such people;

6. To propose the Municipalities remove statues dedicated to people on the List;

7. To propose the Prosecutor approach the Supreme Court regarding people on the List who were rehabilitated but whose rehabilitation was unfounded, for a finding annulling certificates of rehabilitation issued, or to state clearly that no such cases exist.

The Lithuanian Jewish Community believes refusal to release the List could have negative repercussions at the international as well as national level and could give rise to various theories which would damage the reputation of the Lithuanian state (for example, that Lithuania is avoiding the criminal prosecution in cases of still-living Holocaust perpetrators) and which might be exploited and manipulated for political aims unfavorable to the Lithuanian state.

II. To the Prosecutor:

1. To determine how many of the people on the List were not convicted and are still alive;
1.1. if such people exist, to open criminal cases against them.

2. To approach the Supreme Court for the annulment of rehabilitations granted to people who carried out or facilitated the murder of people of Jewish ethnicity during the Holocaust, if such people exist on the List compiled by the Center.

Sincerely,
Faina Kukliansky, attorney at law, chairwoman
Lithuanian Jewish Community

Lithuanian Jewish Community Proposes Publishing Information on Holocaust Perpetrators

2016-02-12

February 12, BNS–Friday the Lithuanian Jewish Community proposed publishing “information of a general nature” on more than 2,000 people who, according to a study by historians, might have been complicit in the Holocaust during World War II. This proposal was presented Friday in a letter by LJC chairwoman Faina Kukliansky to the Office of Prosecutor General and the Center for the Study of the Genocide and Resistance of the Residents of Lithuania. The head of the community proposed announcing which group of people on their list participated directly in mass murder, how many participated indirectly, how many in total were convicted and whether there are people on the list who were honored in some way by the state, and under what agencies they worked. Kukliansky told BNS Friday she thinks it’s important to the public to receive explanations about the list. In her opinion, it is possible to publish the names of those whose cases have been tried.

“The Lithuanian Jewish Community believes refusal to release the List could have negative repercussions at the international as well as national level and could give rise to various theories which would damage the reputation of the Lithuanian state,” her letter said. She also called upon the prosecutor’s office to look into how many people on the list hadn’t been convicted but who are still alive, and if such exist, to begin criminal cases against the,

The Center for the Study of the Genocide and Resistance of the Residents of Lithuania has prepared a list of about 2,000 people who were complicit in Holocaust crimes. It has been turned over to the Government.

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Keeping an Implicit Promise

2016-02-11

by Geoff Vasil

It was interesting to watch the publicity machine surround Ruta Vanagaite’s new popular account of the Lithuanian Holocaust swing into gear to sell her new book. The publisher Alma Littera seemed to adopt an “artificial scarcity” marketing plan with an initial print run of only 2,000 copies, a plan which appears at this point to have been very successful. The next print-run is slated for 6,000, a humble figure given all the press and discussion of the book.

Initial confusion about the book–Jerusalem Post reported it as Efraim Zuroff’s new work–and some surprising comments by Vanagaite herself regarding Zuroff on national television softening his demonized image among the Lithuanian public gave way to a more general call for the Center for the Study of the Genocide and Resistance of Residents of Lithuania to stop dragging their feet and finally publish a “list of names” of Lithuanian Holocaust perpetrators.

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Musicians of the Symphony of the Lie

2016-02-11

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by Sergejus Kanovičius

Rūta Vanagaitė’s book has raised several more unpleasant matters. Although it seems to talk about victims and perpetrators, neither side making comments about the book seem to care. What does interest the Genocide Center and the manipulators of history who stand behind it is the status quo of the center’s immunity, which has been seriously threatened recently, and the Jewish Community doesn’t seem to care either, because its chairwoman has voluntarily fallen into the same orchestra pit where, faking the notes, the Genocide Center symphony orchestra is performing, the shining white knights cavorting with television entertainment figures out for ratings, and someone in the background whining about Holocaust education. But the people who were pushed below the turf 75 years ago still lie there as they lay before. Usually nameless, very often surrounded by used hypodermic needles, condoms and plastic beer bottles. As nameless as their murderers. Trying to name the latter causes great controversy, and again all sorts of “I do this for you, you do that for me” deals begin to find voice, after which prosecutors are supposed to suddenly confirm a list already confirmed long ago by historical fact of those who did the shooting or helped shoot almost all Lithuanian Jews to the very last individual.

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More Than 59% of French Think Jews Responsible for Anti-Semitism

2016-02-11

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More than 59% of French people believe members of the Jewish community are at least partially responsible for anti-Semitism, according to a poll the Fondation du Judaisme Français and IPSA conducted via the internet. One-thousand and five people were queried over 9 days and were asked if they thought Jews should accept some responsibility for anti-Semitism in France.

Fifty-nine percent of those polled said yes, 3% felt Jews had severely contributed to it and 14% said they had contributed “in large part.” More than half of those questions said the Jewish people were very powerful and Jews are richer than French middle class. Thirteen percent of informants claimed there are too many Jews in France, despite statistics showing Jews account for less than one percent of the population.

The number of reports of anti-Semitic crimes in France more than doubled from 2014 to 2015. Human rights organizations caution the increase in attacks and crimes is a rising wave of violence.

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