The Lithuanian Jewish Community
Pylimo street No. 4, Vilnius
February 29, 2016
To: the honorable Birutė Burauskaitė
Center for the Study of the Genocide and Resistance of the Residents of Lithuania
the honorable Evaldas Pašilis
Office of the Prosecutor General of Lithuania
the honorable Stasys Žvinys
Molėtai regional administration
Re: Assessment of the Actions of Father Jonas Žvinys and Bronius Žvinys
The Lithuanian Jewish Community, possessing information about the direct and personal participation of Bronius Žvinys in the murder of Jews during World War II and his brother Father Jonas Žvinys’s collaboration in the murder of Jews, requests:
I. the Center for the Study of the Genocide and Resistance of the Residents of Lithuania (hereafter Center)
1. to perform a study, or if this has been done already, to perform a new study of the aforementioned people for their possible involvement in the stated criminal activity, and to make public, i.e., to acquaint the public with, the conclusion of this study and the material used in this study.
2. If the Center determines the information held about the criminal acts committed by the aforementioned people is true, to recommend to the Molėtai regional administration and/or other regional and municipal administrations to take no actions to commemorate Bronius Žvinys and/or Jonas Žvinys, i.e., not rename streets after them and not to make other commemorative markers intended to honor these people.
II. The Office of the Prosecutor General of Lithuania
1. In light of the conclusion and material from the Center regarding the aforementioned people, to investigate whether the Supreme Court of Lithuania legally and correctly rehabilitated Father Jonas Žvinys.
Faina Kukliansky, attorney at law, chairwoman
Lithuania Jewish Community