Posts tagged as Jonas Noreika

Holocaust revisionist confirmed as new head of state-sponsored ‘Genocide center’ in Lithuania

Friday, April 23, 2021

A revisionist historian whose work on World War II has been harshly criticized by Jewish experts on the Holocaust in Lithuania has been confirmed as head of the country’s state-sponsored Lithuanian Genocide and Resistance Research Center (LGGRTC). Dr. Arūnas Bubnys, currently the head of the LGGRTC’s research department, was approved as its new director by a vote of the Seimas, Lithuania’s parliament, on Thursday. A total of 76 parliamentarians voted…

In Lithuania he was celebrated as a hero, but he was a Nazi in reality

By Silvia Foti on Thursday, January 28, 2021

In Lithuania, he was celebrated as a hero. But we can’t move on until we admit what he really did. When I was growing up in Chicago during the Cold War, my parents taught me to revere my Lithuanian heritage. We sang Lithuanian songs and recited Lithuanian poems; after Lithuanian school on Saturdays, I would eat Lithuanian-style potato pancakes. My grandfather, Jonas Noreika, was a particularly important part of my…

Smashed memorial plaque to Noreika to be restored in Vilnius

Friday, April 19, 2019

A controversial memorial plaque to Jonas Noreika, a Lithuanian military officer known as Generolas Vetra (General Storm), in central Vilnius is set to be restored after being smashed with a sledge hammer last week. It was vandalized by Stanislovas Tomas who made an unsuccessful bid to run for the European Parliament. Aleksandras Zubriakovas, spokesman for Vilnius Mayor Remigijus Smasius, told BNS Lithuania on Thursday Grinda, a municipal enterprise, has been…

Nazi Collaborator or National Hero? A Test for Lithuania

By Andrew Higgins on Wednesday, September 12, 2018

For the tiny village of Sukioniai in western Lithuania, the exploits of General Storm, a local anti-Communist hero executed by the Soviet secret police in 1947, have long been a source of pride. The village school is named after him, and his struggles against the Soviet Union are also honored with a memorial carved from stone next to the farm where he was born. All along, though, there have been…