According to the official website of the Center for the Study of the Genocide and Resistance of Residents of Lithuanian (Genocide Center), the person occupying the post of senior advisor to the general director of the Genocide Center performs the following functions:
“…provides consultation on the physical and spiritual genocide of residents of Lithuania carried out by the occupational regimes between 1939 and 1990 as well as resistance to these regimes, and issues surrounding the processes of resistance to and the policies carried out by the occupational regime in the Vilnius district between 1920 and 1938, and consults on issues involving the direction of the Genocide Center’s research and programs regarding the genocide of residents of Lithuania and their resistance to the occupational regimes from 1939 to 1990” (source: http://genocid.lt/UserFiles/File/Pareiginiai/Direkcija/Vidmantas_Valiusaitis.pdf).
We would like to point out that in several recent publications Vidmantas Valiušaitis intentionally distorted the facts and publicized these falsehoods concerning the anti-Semitic activities of the Lithuanian Activist Front and the Lithuanian Provisional Government of 1941. Moreover, Vidmantas Valiušaitis basically denied the conclusions arrived at by the International Commission for Assessing the Crimes of the Nazi and Soviet Regimes in Lithuania regarding the clearly anti-Semitic views and actions of these organizations and their leadership directed against the Jews of Lithuania.
Vidmantas Valiušaitis’s position on these issues has been criticized publicly by historians from Lithuania and abroad who research the period of the Nazi occupation of Lithuania.
The Lithuanian Jewish Community disapproves of the appointment of someone who is a public proponent in Lithuania of those who spread anti-Semitism to a post which is in fundamental opposition to the public stance taken by Vidmantas Valiušaitis, a person who publicly defends anti-Semites who have contributed directly and indirectly to the extermination of the Jews of Lithuania, a person who should not even be considered for any post at a Lithuanian government institution which has been formed and tasked with basically studying the expressions, ideology and crimes of genocide involving mass murder in Lithuania objectively.
The Lithuanian Jewish Community suggests the Lithuanian Genocide Center be guided by the principles of humanitarianism and ethics, and resolutely refuse to hire people who compromise the activities of the Genocide Center.
The presence of these sorts of people within the Lithuanian Genocide Center raises the question of whether this institution is independent and free of staff who manipulate history.
We ask the Lithuanian Genocide Center to reconsider whether Vidmantas Valiušaitis, a public defender of the anti-Semites of the Lithuanian Activist Front and the Lithuanian Provisional Government of 1941, is able to perform the tasks entrusted to him.