Posts tagged as Holocaust

Lithuanian Jewish Community Chairwoman Demands Investigation for Holocaust Denial

Friday, January 29, 2021

Lithuanian Jewish Community chairwoman Faina Kukliansky reacted to MP Valdas Rakutis’s statement on the Holocaust by demanding the Office of General Prosecutor initiate a pre-trial investigation on Holocaust denial and distortion. “Representing the Lithuanian Jewish Community, I demand … the prosecutor general begin a pre-trial investigation on Holocaust denial and distortion. “Crumbs don’t satisfy us. We, citizens of Lithuania, Jews living here, demand the rule of law and defense of…

In Holocaust memorial day speech, Lithuanian lawmaker says Jews and communists share blame

Thursday, January 28, 2021

In an unusual move, the U.S. ambassador to Lithuania accused a local senior lawmaker of distorting the history of the Holocaust and blaming Jews for it. Robert Gilchrist, who took up the post in February last year, made the accusation following a speech Wednesday by Valdas Rakutis, a member of the Seimas, Lithuania’s parliament, and chairman of its commission on historical memory. “There was no shortage of Holocaust perpetrators among…

Lithuanians should be talking about the Holocaust

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

To mark the International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27. LRT.lt speaks with Ruth Reches, a Jewish-Lithuanian scholar and the headmaster of the Shalom Aleichem Gymnasium in Vilnius, whose grandparents survived the Second World War. The family of Ruth’s grandfather, Samuel, owned a pharmacy in Alytus, a town in southern Lithuania. When the Second World War began, however, they decided to move to a smaller town, Veisiejai, to be closer…

Lithuania promotes a false Holocaust narrative

By Efraim Zuroff on Friday, January 15, 2021

Addressing the elephant in the room. It was with great interest that I read the op-ed jointly penned by Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi and his Lithuanian counterpart, Gabrielius Landsbergis, in last Friday’s Jerusalem Post. As could be expected, such initiatives are usually written to offer a rosy picture of the wonderful relations between two countries and the bright prospects for future cooperation. As a descendant of Lithuanian Jews, a frequent…

Lithuanian scholar and Holocaust survivor Irena Veisaitė passes away at 93

Friday, December 11, 2020

Irena Veisaitė, a Lithuanian Jewish literary scholar and Holocaust survivor, has passed away aged 93. Her family confirmed that she had Covid-19. Veisaitė’s death was confirmed to LRT.lt by her friend Audra Žukaitytė on Friday. Born in Kaunas in 1928, Veisaitė was a known theatre scholar, intellectual and human rights activist. Veisaitė’s mother died at Kaunas Getho during World War Two. She herself was later sheltered by a non-Jewish family.…

Mockery of the Holocaust

Friday, February 28, 2020

The Israeli government and the Auschwitz museum have accused a Spanish carnival of “trivialising” the Holocaust after a troupe danced through the streets of a small town dressed as Nazi officers and concentration camp prisoners, accompanied by a float bearing a menorah and two crematorium chimneys. On Monday, the people of Campo de Criptana in the central Spanish region of Castilla-La Mancha celebrated carnival. Among those taking part was El Chaparral Cultural…

Lithuanian PM: ‘Anti-Semitism has no place in Lithuania’

Monday, January 27, 2020

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has urged to refrain from attempts to rewrite World War 2 history, especially as Holocaust remains an “open wound of Europe”. “On his visit to Israel, March 1, 1995, President Algirdas Brazauskas apologised to the members of the Knesset for ‘those Lithuanians who mercilessly killed, shot, deported and plundered Jews’,” Skvernelis said in a statement on Friday. “No legislative or other initiatives can change that.…

Poland and Lithuania abstained from attending Israeli Holocaust event

Friday, January 24, 2020

Polish president accuses Putin of ‘spreading historical lies’ in an attempt to depict the Soviet Union in a favourable light. The presidents of Poland and Lithuania have both abstained from attending an Israeli event marking the 75th anniversary of the Holocaust and the liberation of Auschwitz death camp in Europe in 1945. The event, taking place in the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial centre on Thursday, is the biggest international gathering of…

Polish president pulls out of Holocaust event in Israel over snub

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Poland’s president has pulled out of an event in Israel to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz after being told he would not be allowed to speak at the event, but Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, would. The move comes amid anger in Poland over Putin’s recent comments accusing Poland of complicity in the start of the second world war. It is one of a number of disputes…

Germany’s Merkel to visit Auschwitz Holocaust camp for first time

Friday, December 6, 2019

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has headed the German government since 2005, will on Friday, December 6, visit the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland. British public broadcaster BBC reports that Merkel will take part in a ceremony alongside a camp survivor and Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. Her visit comes amid a rise in German anti-Semitism and ahead of the 75th anniversary of the camp’s liberation. During World War Two,…