Lithuanian Jewish Community Statement on Nazi Flags in Vilnius

Just several days after the 75th anniversary of the start of the Warsaw Uprising and Holocaust Day, the Lithuanian Jewish Community was saddened by reports of the raising of Nazi flags around Vilnius on April 20, Hitler’s birthday. The LJC notes with great annoyance these flags marking Hitler’s birthday have appeared many times before in previous years.

We believe this is the work of an isolated group of anti-Semites intent on creating a provocation rather than the attitude of the majority of the public on the Holocaust. We thank the active citizens who reported the Nazi flags so quickly and law enforcement who acted immediately to remove the flags.

We hope the perpetrators who probably acted in concert will be discovered and the appropriate measures called for by the laws of the Republic of Lithuania will be applied.