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“MORAL CAPITULATION” FROM PRESIDENT, PRIME MINISTER AND THE MAYOR ON NEO-NAZIS’ ANNUAL TAKEOVER OF CAPITAL’S CENTER ON NATION’S INDEPENDENCE DAY; NO COMMENT ON LEGALIZED SWASTIKAS
White Power jacket alongside skull & crossbones with swastika. Photo: V. Kopūstas / Delfi.lt
Nazi Sieg Heils (under skull & crossbones with swastika flag) on the capital’s main boulevard on independence day. Photo: Anna Shepherd
But on their websites, the march’s advocates feel rather less inhibited about expressing their further thoughts and fantasies (supposedly mitigated by the lower caption: “Kaunas, February 16th 2013 — If to believe the tales of anti-fascists and Jewish activists”)
More from the neo-Nazi imagination in Lithuania: their websites featured this photoshopped image of Defending History’s editor on a motorcycle (he has not yet been on one….) in early 2013. Our reader Dr. J. Breeze, UK, found the apparent source in a Hagrid image.
Efraim Zuroff’s Vilnius Press Conference on the Eve of State-Sanctioned City-Center Neo-Nazi Marches
on 3 pro-Nazi events: Kaunas 16 Feb; Vilnius 11 March; Riga 16 March
Nazi marches condemned at Feb 15th news conference in Vilnius, but new Prime Minister praised for speaking out against racist manifestations before the event; Now calls are upon the PM and president to cancel the next (March 11th) Neo-Nazi parade in the capital on the nation’s second (1990-based) Independence Day.
Prof. Fridberg (at right) with Dr. Zuroff at the BNS press conference:
Dr. Zuroff at right, at end of press conference, with Milan Chersonski, editor (1998-2011) of the Jewish community’s quadrilingual newspaper Jerusalem of Lithaunia…
and — Efraim Zuroff (right) and Dovid Katz monitoring the march the next day in icy Kaunas (Kovno)…
Seventy Years Declaration Starts 2nd Year
HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS SPEAK OUT:
2013: Call on US State Dept to Reject Politics of Holocaust Denial and Appeasement of Eastern Europe’s New Far Right
One of the invited speakers later told the press that glorifying the Nazi puppet PM shows the world the “drama of Lithuanian history” and said that people are afraid of “the Jews” clobbering them with “a club”… His university (Vytautas Magnus in Kaunas) continues to honor the 1941 Nazi puppet PM. International petition is underway.
US CITIZENS: PLEASE WRITE TO ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES
THESE ARE AMERICAN & WESTERN VALUES:
Honoring the struggle against Hitler led by the UK, the US and their allies (including Jewish partisans in the forests of Eastern Europe)
Objecting to attempts to conflate perpetrators and victims into the mush of obfuscation
Rejecting attempts to glorify the Nazis and their local collaborators
Speaking out robustly against neo-Nazism, racism, antisemitism, homophobia
Refusing to collaborate in bogus “Jewish” projects (and sham “Holocaust symposiums”) intended to cover for Double Genocide policies
Standing up for free speech and the right to dissent
- LITHUANIAN CITIZENS STOOD UP:
More coverage here and here.
ABOVE: On the watch of the 1941 Nazi puppet “prime minister” Juozas Ambrazevičius (later Brazaitis): Local white-armbanders loyal to the “provisional government” surround Jewish residents (mostly women) in Kaunas on the march from their homes to humiliation and mass murder.
BELOW: Signature of Juozas Ambrazevičius (Brazaitis) on the 7 July 1941 protocol [English translation here]. The text includes: “By German order a ghetto for Jews will be established in Vilijampolė, to which all the Jews of the city of Kaunas must be moved within 4 weeks.”
Heavily guarded Kovno Ghetto gate isolating the tens of thousands of the city’s citizens who were Jewish for incarceration, slave labor, humiliation and genocide. Provisional Government confirmation of the German order for the ghetto was signed by the puppet prime minister.
— Dr. Shimon Alperovich, chairperson of the Jewish Community of Lithuania
Vilnius’s Choral Synagogue was defaced on May 18th 2012. Milan Chersonski commented to Haaretz: “This was the unofficial supplementary program to honor the Nazi collaborator. If great eminences like the former heads of state Vytautas Landsbergis and Valdas Adamkus are parties to the honoring of a Holocaust collaborator, then hooligans in town feel able to make their own contribution too with a can of paint thrown at the synagogue. In their own way, they all have thrown paint in the faces of the small surviving Jewish community in the country.” Police have made no arrests. PHOTO: MILAN CHERSONSKI.
QUESTION: Will Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas maintain the deeply offensive lecture hall name honoring the Nazi puppet prime minister who signed the protocols confirming Nazi orders for that very city’s Jews to be put in a concentration camp and ghetto? Are these the values being instilled in students at one of the best universities in the Baltics?
“Lithuania has her magnificent real heroes of 1941: the inspirational people who saved an innocent neighbor from the LAF and Provisional Government’s reign of genocide, starting with the war’s first week. They are that year’s heroes of history who should be honored. May their families live to see streets and squares named for them.”
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Tagged Antisemitism in Lithuania, Brazaitis Ambrazevicius, Double Genocide, Holocaust in Lithuania, Holocaust Revisionism, Jonathan Brent, Lithuanian Activist Front, Lithuanian Provisional Government, Lithuanian-Jewish affairs, Tim Snyder, Vytautas Magnus University, Yivo, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
Lithuania’s foreign minister’s “moustache response” came within minutes of SYD’s release.
British parliamentarian tells Lithuanian signatories of the 70 Years Declaration:
“I know it must be lonely to take a stand on such a controversial subject but wanted to write to you to say you are not alone and every decent British and European citizen stands with you.”
— UK MP Denis MacShane
DefendingHistory.com congratulates the Lithuanian parliamentarians among the founding 70 signatories of the Seventy Years Declaration for their courage, integrity, love of all their country’s peoples, and genuine commitment to European values:
Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis, MP
Vilija Blinkevičiūtė, MEP
Justinas Karosas, MP
Justas Paleckis, MEP
Marija Aušrinė Pavilionienė, MP
Julius Sabatauskas, MP
Algirdas Sysas, MP
Birutė Vėsaitė, MP
Marcher sports a designer swastika on her handbag at the March 11th 2012 neo-Nazi march on Gedimino Prospect in the heart of Vilnius, the Lithuanian capital.
The president of Latvia endorsed this year’s Waffen SS march, “bowing his head” to his nation’s Waffen SS. Latvia’s ambassador to the UK defended the march. Council of Europe condemns the event. UK MP John Mann. UK Parliament Early Day Motion 2866. 1500 Turn Out.
A wreath for Holocaust survivors was covered by the Waffen SS logo by the event’s organizers. Two anti-Nazi activists exposed the wreath again for a short time, before they were removed by police.
Foreign protesters included Efraim Zuroff of the Simon Wiesenthal Center (Jerusalem), Joel Rubinfeld of the European Jewish Parliament (Brussels), Monica Lowenberg, creator of the anti-march international petition (London).
Kovno Ghetto Survivor and Resistance Hero Joe Melamed, 87, Leads March 5th 2012 Picket Line Against “Sellout Gala” at the Tel Aviv Dan Panorama
Lithuanian Foreign Minister and Brothers Zingeris are Greeted by Protesting Holocaust Survivors
A FIRST-TIME PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN LEYVIK HOUSE YIDDISH CULTURE CENTER, THE SIMON WIESENTHAL CENTER ISRAEL OFFICE AND THE ASSOCIATION OF LITHUANIAN JEWS IN ISRAEL
Holocaust survivors Shlomo Cheskov (left, from Shavl/Šiauliai), and Joseph Melamed (from Kovno/Kaunas) at the Tel Aviv demonstration. Mr. Cheskov’s sign says (in Yiddish) “With our partisan heroes, against neo-Nazism. We are here!” Mr. Melamed’s (in Hebrew) addressed to the South African businessmen diners at the gala dinner: “Dear Diners! Where is your conscience? Your solidarity with Holocaust survivors and resistance fighters and partisans?” Photo: Bella Bryks-Klein.
Some of the 18 protesters, led by Joe Melamed (first from left), chairman of the Association of Lithuanian Jews in Israel, who greeted Lithuanian Foreign Minister Ažubalis at a Tel Aviv “gala” at which he was guest of honor. It is just over a month since Ažubalis belittled his parliamentary colleagues who signed the Seventy Years Declaration marking the Wannsee anniversary in January, when he made his infamous comment on moustache length being the one difference between Hitler and Stalin. Back in 2010 the Jewish community in Lithuania called a special meeting to draft a statement protesting a major antisemitic outburst by the foreign minister. There are seven major areas of unresolved Lithuanian-Jewish issues. Photo: Bella Bryks-Klein.
Year to commemorate the perpetrators ran parallel with a year to commemorate the Holocaust, too; One in a series of ‘dual tracks’ to satisfy at once the antisemitic, Holocaust-revisionist Far Right and foreign Jewish groups
90th Birthday of Dr. Rachel Margolis
Tel Aviv attorney Joe Melamed, head of the Association of Lithuanian Jews, celebrating Dr. Rachel Margolis’s 90th birthday in Rechovot
Left her safe haven with righteous Christians to join her family in the Vilna Ghetto. Joined the Jewish underground anti-Nazi resistance. Witness to creation of the Yiddish Partisan Hymn.
Escaped to join the partisans and fought valiantly against the Nazis in the forests of Lithuania. The only one in her family to survive the Holocaust.
Volunteered for the short-lived Jewish museum after the war.
Dedicated half a century to Biology at Vilnius University.
Helped establish the Green House Holocaust exhibit. Rediscovered, deciphered and published Kazimierz Sakowicz’s diary of Ponár. Author of a remarkable memoir. Beloved guide, lecturer and teacher on Jewish Vilna and the Holocaust.
Target of a campaign of defamation by Vilnius prosecutors, the “Lithuanian Human Rights Association” and other far-right Holocaust-revisionist elites.
Afraid to return to her beloved Vilna for one last visit. Lithuanian government refuses to reach out to her, while prosecutors repeat threats on kangaroo ‘war crimes investigation’ (most recently for the record in the 2012 documentary ‘Rewriting History’)
VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH RACHEL MARGOLIS: 1 and 2
MORE INFORMATION AND TRIBUTES:
RACHEL MARGOLIS FACT SHEET ♦ FORMER UK PRIME MINISTER GORDON BROWN ♦ 5 MEMBERS OF THE US CONGRESS ♦ ACADEMIC STUDIES PRESS ♦ KEENE STATE COLLEGE ♦ SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE ♦ LORD JANNER OF BRAUNSTONE ♦ LATE LITHUANIAN PRIME MINISTER ALGIRDAS BRAZAUSKAS ♦ ISRAELI AMBASSADOR CHEN IVRI APTER ♦ ADL DIRECTOR ABRAHAM FOXMAN ♦ NCSJ ♦ METRO WEST HOLOCAUST COUNCIL ♦ LEIVICK HOUSE TEL AVIV ♦ JEWISH CHRONICLE ♦ ALGEMEINER JOURNAL (& 2) ♦ RACHEL MARGOLIS.COM
Coverage in DefendingHistory.com:
OVERVIEWS HERE & HERE; 7 MAY 2008; 19 JUNE 2009; 28 OCTOBER 2009; 27 JANUARY 2010; 28 OCTOBER 2010; 3 JANUARY 2011; 5 MAY 2011; 28 AUGUST 2011; 23 SEPTEMBER 2011.