Engines of Holocaust Obfuscation and the ‘Double Genocide Industry’
Three state commissions are dedicated to the ‘equalization’ of Nazi and Soviet crimes as a project for the European Union. In practice, they frequently serve as the administrative and political engine of the ‘Double Genocide Industry’. Much of their ‘material’, however, is derived from their partners in the DG Industry. These include the various state-sponsored ‘genocide research’ centers, museums, exhibitions, publishing concerns, tourist sites and ‘special prosecution’ units. While lip service is paid to alleged ‘equality’ of Nazi and Soviet crimes for the benefit of the European Parliament and western visitors, the de facto domestic agenda is to stress only Soviet crimes which are presented as ‘genocide’; to ignore or downplay the Holocaust; to stress alleged Jewish involvement in Soviet rule; and to find ways and means to fault the Holocaust’s victims and survivors, especially anti-Nazi partisan veterans (see Blaming the Victims). In the context of all the foregoing, these commissions have occasionally also sponsored genuine Holocaust Studies projects, whose integrity is however ipso facto compromised.
In July of 2011, the director general of the ‘International Commission for the Evaluation of the Crimes of the Nazi and Soviet Occupation Regimes in Lithuania’ gave a speech to the country’s parliament that reflects on the Commission’s view of ‘Holocaust Education’ in 21st Century Lithuania
THE INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION FOR THE EVALUATION OF THE CRIMES OF THE NAZI AND SOVIET OCCUPATION REGIMES IN LITHUANIA
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The Seimas proposes the equivalence model for the European Union (30 Sept 2008). As PDF.
The Commission speaks for Lithuania at the Prague Declaration sessions (e.g. 18 March 2009). As PDF.
The chairman (left) and director general / executive director of the Commission seem to be looking in different directions at a commemoration for the murdered Jews of Plungyan (Plunge) in western Lithuania (17 July 2011).
The Commission’s website offers this diagram of its organizational structure, but with no mention of these many political activities in the European Parliament and elsewhere in the service of red-brown politics.
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