See also: Proposed solutions; Ireland supplement (2008); UCL issues.
18 April 2013. Jewish Chronicle: ‘Dispute over Nazi marches’ by Anna Sheinman.
5 April 2013. Hope Not Hate: ‘Latvia: The photo shoots Hague would rather forget’ by Monica Lowenberg [link posted for 24 hours atop Foreign Office's official site].
1 April 2013. BBC News: ‘Di Canio: David Miliband quits Sunderland role.
13 December 2012. Jewish Chronicle: ‘Lithuania Shoah event is “duplicitous” by Jennifer Lipman.
13 December 2012. London Jewish News: ‘You cannot praise fascists and be pro human rights’ by Dovid Katz. Reprint in The Algemeiner.
5 December 2012. DefendingHistory.com: ‘Why Monica Lowenberg’s petition is so important’.
2 December 2012. Change.org: ‘Petitioning Lithuanian Ambassador for London, UK, HE Ambassador Asta Skaisgirytė Liauškienė: Abandon state sponsored antisemitism and Holocaust Obfuscation’ by Monica Lowenberg.
26 October 2012. Jewish Chronicle: ‘EU: real problem is not Latvia’ by Daniel Hannan.
3 August 2012. London Jewish News: ‘Shoah Denial is being replaced by an illusive and delusive evil’ by Dovid Katz. On the Jewish News site (3 August issue, p. 11).
2 February 2012. Jewish Chronicle: ‘Lithuania attacked over Shoah retort’ by JC Reporter. [PDF]
2 February 2012. Jewish Chronicle: ‘A fight over history’s tragic truth. Analysis’ by Dovid Katz. [PDF]
30 January 2012. Lithuania’s Social Democratic Party releases PDF of 24 Jan 2012 letter from UK MP Denis MacShane to Lithuanian MP Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis [one of eight letters sent to each of the Lithuanian signatories of 70YD].
20 January 2012. UK signatories to the Seventy Years Declaration:
- Luciana Berger, MP (Labour, Cooperative)
- Martin Callanan, MEP (Conservative, leader of Conservative MEP group)
- The Baroness Deech D.B.E, House of Lords (Crossbench)
- Andrew Duff MEP (Liberal Democrats, pres. of Union of European Federalists)
- Louise Ellman, MP (Labour, Cooperative)
- Mike Freer, MP (Conservative)
- Stephen Hughes, MEP (Labour)
- Lord Janner of Braunstone, House of Lords (Labour)
- Baroness Sarah Ludford, MEP (Liberal Democrats)
- Denis MacShane, MP (Labour)
- John Mann, MP (Labour)
- Linda McAvan, MEP (Labour)
- Bill Newton Dunn, MEP (Liberal Democrats)
- Matthew Offord, MP (Conservative)
- Charles Tannock, MEP (Conservative)
22 September 2011. Jewish Chronicle: ‘Wreaths laid, but doubt lingers in the air’ by Geoff Vasil.
10 February 2011. ‘Lithuania attacked over Holocaust’ in the Jewish Chronicle by Simon Rocker.
8 February 2011. ‘UK MPs call on Lithuania to tackle antisemitism’ on BNS.
7 February 2011. Letter of protest, signed by twenty-one people, is handed to the Lithuanian Embassy on London at 10 AM by MP RH Denis MacShane; Professor Danny Ben-Moshe, and Danny Stone, director of the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism. Report here. Text of the letter here. List of signatories here.
6-7 February 2011. The Lithuanian Foreign Ministry is the chief sponsor of a London event called: ‘Colloquium: No simple stories. Jewish-Lithuanian relations between coexistence and violence’ at UCL and the Warburg Institute. Report/comment here. Poster here. Colloquium programme here. Final programme here. Clemens Heni’s critique here.
4 February 2011. ‘A shameful Shoah whitewash’ in the Jewish Chronicle (by Efraim Zuroff).
28 January 2011. ‘Can-Kam pact is over’ on Progress Online (by Denis MacShane).
27 January 2011. ‘Cameron’s ECR farce continues’ on Left Foot Forward (by Ben Fox).
17 January 2011. Lord Janner of Braunstone QC (formerly MP Greville Janner) publishes his essay ‘Never Again’ on the website of the Parliamentary Committee Against Antisemitism, taking note of the ‘antisemitic agenda’ that is served by the Double Genocide movement. Report here. Essay here.
23 December 2010. The Holocaust Survivor community responds cautiously to the news (spread by an emailed/forwarded poster), that the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry, which masterminded a new attempt in December 2010 to insert ‘Double Genocide’ and obfuscate the Holocaust in European Union law (see top story), was now one of the parties financing a ‘Colloquium’ titled ‘Jewish-Lithuanian Relations Between Coexistence and Violence’ on 6-7 Feb 2011 in London. ‘All welcome. No registration needed.’ Poster here. Details here.
21 December 2010. ‘Why is the US silent on “double genocide”? While European countries have condemned the new Holocaust revisionism in the Baltics, America shows no moral leadership’ in the Guardian (by Dovid Katz).
13 December 2010. Labour MP Denis MacShane asks Secretary for Europe David Lidington to make public the letter of seven ambassadors concerning rising antisemitism in Lithuania. Mr. Lidington turns him down.
25 November 2010. The British Embassy in Vilnius plays a pivotal role in the issuing of a historic statement (signed by seven Nato ambassadors) on ‘Double Genocide’, the growing antisemitic and Holocaust Denial atmosphere, and the May 2010 court ruling permitting public swastika displays.
10 November 2010. ‘Mr Lidington is right, but there is more to it’ on DefendingHistory.com (by Dovid Katz). [later version = 17 Nov 2010].
14 October 2010. ‘Count, explain, remember’ in The Economist (by Edward Lucas).
5 October 2010. ‘The fatal fact of the Nazi-Soviet pact. I coincide with Zuroff and Katz on the centrality of the Holocaust, but we must not overlook how Stalin enabled Hitler’s crimes’ in the Guardian (by Timothy Snyder).
30 September 2010. ‘Why Red is not Brown in the Baltics. Unhappily, Timothy Snyder’s historical reassessment of the Nazi-Soviet pact coincides with Baltic ultra-nationalist agendas’ in the Guardian (by Dovid Katz).
29 September 2010. ‘A dangerous Nazi-Soviet equivalence. Timothy Snyder’s emphasis on the Hitler-Stalin pact as the genesis of war blurs the moral responsibility that was Germany’s’ in the Guardian (by Efraim Zuroff).
28 September 2010. ‘Echoes from the killing fields of the East. The Second World War is often seen through Western allies’ eyes. But the real geopolitics and worst atrocities scarred the East’ in the Guardian (by Timothy Snyder).
24 September 2010. ‘Rise of the Right. The fall of parliamentary seats into extremist hands represents the biggest shake-up on the continent since the disappearance of communism’ in Newsweek (by Denis MacShane).
17 September 2010. ‘Lithuania’s Double Genocide policy’ in the Guardian (by Tessa Rajak).
‘Lithuania has taken more than a “walk-on part in British politics”. When the European parliament called on its members, in April 2009, to mark 23 August as the European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism, and when the OSCE, in July 2009, adopted the Vilnius Declaration on increasing awareness of totalitarian crimes, we too became party to the equation of Nazi crimes with those of communism in the Baltic states. By accepting the parallelism, we also have excused collaborators, ignored the unspeakable savageries perpetrated in Lithuania between 1941 and 1945, condoned the pardoning of every single Lithuanian war criminal until today, and endorsed the prosecution of Jewish resistance fighters, whose situation remains unresolved.’
—Professor Tessa Rajak in the Guardian, 17 Sept 2010
14 September 2010. ‘I see why “double genocide” is a term Lithuanians want. But it appals me. To equate Soviet and Nazi crimes is dishonest and historically false. Why has this poisonous idea taken such deep root?’ in the Guardian (by Jonathan Freedland).
3 April 2010. ‘The threat of Baltic ultranationalism. The EU is wrong to ignore the resurgence of neofascism in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia — It threatens European democracy’ in the Guardian (by Efraim Zuroff). In Estonian. In Lithuanian.
19 January 2010. Peter Ryley’s Blog: ‘Defending history’.
8 January 2010. ‘Halting Holocaust Obfuscation. The Baltic ultranationalists rewriting east European history as an equal Nazi-Soviet “double genocide” must be stopped’ in the Guardian (by Dovid Katz). Alternate link [reprint in the Algemeiner Journal]. Republication in Russian.
30 November 2009. Lithuanian prime minister’s Hardtalk interview with the BBC’s Jonathan Charles. Video here; → Holocaust issues at timecode starting ±18:40; alternate hereat ±5:55. The PM effectively let slip the policy of investing in Jewish memorials and projects while trying to (a) equate the Holocaust with Soviet crimes, and (b) downplay local collaboration. Efraim Zuroff (7 Jan 2010) replied on 7 January 2010 (here).
30 November 2009. ‘Polish antisemitism needs examination. It would be parochial to give a free pass to Michal Kaminski et al just because we resent the issue becoming a political football’ in the Guardian (by Tim Whewell).
1 November 2009. ‘Beyond Kaminski’ in New Statesman (by Mehdi Hasan).
31 October 2009. ‘Cameron must end Tories’ far-right fling’ in the Irish Times (by Dovid Katz).
‘As a result of our All-Party inquiry into Antisemitism, the Foreign Office has been pursuing an active programme of agenda-raising using the relevant European organisations and instruments, and has been hailed as a model of best practice. I will be raising this matter at the cross-departmental working group on Antisemitism and with the Foreign Secretary. It is our intention to send a further fact-finding mission to both Latvia and Poland in order to evidence more comprehensively attitudes and activities. Should these missions have implications for political parties in those countries then I think that discrete but robust pressure will be in order. We must continue to monitor and combat this evolving form of antisemitism and should expect the highest standards of both British and European officials in combating racism in all its forms.’
— John Mann MP in the Jewish Chronicle, 29 October 2009
22 October 2009. ‘Miliband on Cameron’ in The New York Times (by Roger Cohen).
14 October 2009. ‘Eastern Europe’s long buried truths’ in the Guardian by Efraim Zuroff.
2 October 2009. ‘Lazy Tory apologists for Latvian SS’ in the Guardian (by Peter Beaumont).
28 September 2009. ‘The Nazi whitewash’ in the Guardian (by Efraim Zuroff); alternate link.
21 August 2009. ‘But is Kaminski good for the Jews? Stephen Pollard’s defence of the rightwing Polish MEP shows the dangerous naivety of taking support for Israel at face value’ in the Guardian (by Antony Lerman).
19 August 2009. ‘History is much too important to be left to politicians. The EU must not give succour to self-interested revisionists who equate Stalinism and Nazism’ in the Guardian (by Jonathan Steele).
31 July 2009. ‘Stop “respectable fascism” now. I lost the Conservative whip because I acted on principle to stop disguised extremism, symbolised by Michal Kaminski’ in the Guardian (by Edward McMillan-Scott).
29 July 2009. ‘Cameron may have helped the Polish right, but he has not served Britain. A dubious rightwinger how heads conservatives in Europe. What on earth does the Tory leader think that he’s doing?’ in the Guardian (by Timothy Garton Ash).
21 July 2009. ‘The Tories’ path to disaster. The Conservatives were once the party of world and European affairs but, as William Hague has shown, they aren’t any more’ in the Guardian (by Denis MacShane).
27 May 2009. UK Ambassador HE Simon Butt (seated, left foreground) visits the Dr Sheine Sideraite Yiddish Reading Circle at the Jewish Community of Lithuania in a show of support.
9 October 2008. Fania Yocheles Brantsovsky showing HE Donal Denham, ambassador of Ireland, and HE Simon Butt, ambassador of the UK, the remains of the forest fort (more details on the fort here) in the forest, where she and another hundred or so anti-Nazi partisans, almost all of them Jewish escapees from the Vilna Ghetto, lived from late September 1943 to early July 1944. An earlier plan for a group of Western ambassadors to visit more formally in the summer of 2008 was thwarted by the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry. The embassies of Ireland and the United Kingdom then decided to go forward with a private visit.
September 2008. Excerpt from UK MP Denis MacShane’s Globalising Hatred. The New Antisemitism (see Recent Books → 2008 → MacShane).
‘The rise of nationalist antisemitic politics can be seen in Lithuania. Jews who escaped to join the anti-Nazi partisans in Lithuania in the Second World War are now being accused by Lithuanian antisemites of taking part in war crimes. 95% of Lithuania’s 200,000 Jews who lived in the country before the Russian occupation in 1939 and the Nazi invasion of 1941 were killed by Germans and their Lithuanian collaborators. Lithuanian Jews who survived the Holocaust are now in their eighties, but such is the antisemitism coming back to life in some quarters of nationalist politics in the Baltic state, that it has been possible to open investigations that put Jews on the same level as their executioners.’
— Denis Macshane, member of the UK parliament, in his Globalising Hatred. The New Antisemitism, p. 33.
27 August 2008. ACTION: British Ambassador HE Simon Butt organizes a walking tour of the Vilna Ghetto led by Fania Yocheles Brantsovsky, attended by ambassadors / chargés d’affaires of fifteen NATO nations: Austria, Britain, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, USA.
25 August 2008. ACTION: British Ambassador HE Simon Butt organizes a letter to Dr Rachel Margolis in Rechovotsigned by ambassadors or chargés d’affaires of Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Ireland, Sweden, United Kingdom, USA.
3 June 2008. ACTION: While some Euro-politicians were busy declaring the Prague Declaration that day, Ireland’s ambassador to Lithuania, HE Dónal Denham hosted a reception in Vilnius to honour Fania Yocheles Brantsovsky, less than a month after Lithuanian police came looking for her and Dr Rachel Margolis. More details here. The event concluded with the diplomatic community and invited guests joining Fania in singing the Jewish partisans’ Holocaust-era hymn Zog nit keynmol az du geyst dem letstn veg (‘Never say you are walking that last road’). The event was attended by ambassadors of Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Holy See, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden, United Kingdom, and the United States, among others.
An excerpt from Ambassador Denham’s speech:
‘Fania is one brave woman! You are a beautiful person, a special person, an inspiration to us all.’
—HE Dónal Denham at the reception to honor Fania Yocheles Brantsovsky at the Irish Ambassador’s Residence in Vilnius, 3 June 2008
Report in Lithuania Today (May 2008):
31 January 2008. MP John Mann, chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group against Antisemitism, rising in the House of Commons, critiques the January 2008 precursor of the ‘Prague Declaration’ [see entry for 2:30 PM, paragraph 4; see also paragraph 3].
‘On 22 January, in Tallinn, Estonia, five MEPs from five different countries met to launch a group called Common Europe—Common History. It has the same theme—the need for an equal evaluation of history. It is just a traditional form of prejudice, rewritten in a modern context. In essence, it is trying to equate communism and Judaism as one conspiracy and rewrite history from a nationalist point of view. Those are elected MEPs.’
— John Mann (Bassetlaw), House of Commons, 31 Jan 2008, 2:30 PM (column 509 on www.parliament.uk)
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