In two months the Lithuanian parliament will recess. Prior to that MP Arūnas Gumuliauskas, chair of the parliament’s Commission on the Fight for Freedom and Historical Memory, will propose a parliamentary resolution declaring Lithuania has no responsibility for the murders and extermination of Lithuanian Jews during World War II because it was occupied by the Soviets and then by Nazi Germany. His resolution is to absolve Lithuania from the horrors of the Holocaust because it was occupied by Russia and Germany!
Member of parliament Gumuliauskas is not clearly anti-Semitic (compared to those living in Lithuania), he is a professor of history. His primary research during the Soviet era showed positive impact of the Communist Party on the Lithuanian theater. Apparently in 1987 he didn’t think that three years hence everything would be turned upside down. Instead of praising Communism a change had to be made: to stand out and to pave his way to the parliament, Jews can always be accused of something. Anti-Semitism has always been popular in Lithuania at all times. In 2016 the learned professor was elected to parliament. At the end of this year there will be another parliamentary election and an opportunity for him to stand out by proposing a parliamentary resolution which releases Lithuania and Lithuanians of involvement in the Holocaust, for the murder of 95% of Jewish citizens of Lithuania who had lived as good neighbors with Lithuanians for over 400 years.
During the Holocaust Lithuanian killers were so “great” ar their work that Jews from other Eastern European countries were brought to Lithuania to be murdered. It is easy to murder defenseless babies and women. The cruelty of the Lithuanian killers was at a level which shocked even veteran Nazi SS officers who were experienced in murdering.
In the first months of the Nazi occupation, most of Lithuanian Jewry was annihilated by Lithuanians, and according to previously published information, over 22,000 Lithuanians participated in and carried out the mass murders in 214 places in Lithuania. Some of them advanced and subsequently served the Nazis as guard and murderers of Jews in the concentration and extermination camps including Auschwitz.
Why do the new anti-Semites in Lithuania want to vote on a parliamentary resolution that distorts history now?. The black stain will always be remembered and cannot be cleansed by any resolution!
Murderers cannot be heroes in any democracy.
We won’t forget and won’t forgive.
Public figures and the Government of Lithuania are silent, no condemnation, no demonstrations. Silence is the same as a stamp of approval. The heads of state of Lithuania are unwilling to address the essence of the situation, saying since this proposal has not been registered in parliament yet, there is nothing to address at this time.
Is the enlightened world ready to accept this explanation from the Lithuanian Government of their silence?
Once the proposed resolution is approved, we will not be able to change it. We must act immediately, without delay, to cancel the proposal and we must do so with all our might and power.
Fascism began by the same method in Germany in the early 1930s and even then no one tried to stop the growing anti-Semitism. Learn from the Nuremberg resolutions at that time. The many who were silent then could have made a difference. Silence = approval.
We invite you to join us in a demonstration across the street from the Lithuanian Embassy in Israel, located at 2 Aba Hillel, Ramat Gan, at 11:00 on Friday, January 24, 2020.
Your participation is essential to all of us. We must convey a clear message to the Lithuanian Government and Lithuanian elected officials that we shall do all that is needed to immediately stop this racist and anti-Semitic resolution which harms the memory of Holocaust survivors and the families of the 240,000 Jews murdered in Lithuania during the Holocaust.
Invite your friends, relatives and people who care about anti-Semitism and who want to see the world a more beautiful place with a better future for our children to the demonstration.