80 years

Lithuanian anti-Semitism of the 20th century instigated the slaughter of 220,000 Jews on Lithuanian territory. Eighty years later, that country is nowhere near truthful about their national conduct. Despite multiple lawsuits, international exposure and massive amounts of media, Lithuania’s national conduct has only become more dishonest; this time directly from the Lithuanian Office of President.

A seemingly straightforward letter is a masterpiece of Holocaust revisionism.

The translation of this innocuous appearing letter is as follows:

Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Lithuania

March 2, 20121 No. (1D-524)-2D-MO5

re: Letter of February 1, 2021

To: Lithuanian Jewish Community, email info@lzb.lt 

Re: Letter

We inform you that we have acquainted ourselves with the Lithuania Jewish Community’s letter regarding a statement by Lithuanian member of parliament Valdas Rakutis. Thank you for the thank-you you expressed to president of the Republic of Lithuania Gitanas Nausėda.

Lithuania’s 20th century history is full of painful events and gigantic tragedies which were stimulated by the crimes of totalitarian regimes and which afflicted the majority of Lithuanian inhabitants. One of the goals of the criminal Nazi and Soviet regimes was to draw Lithuanian inhabitants into crimes with the aim of setting different groups of inhabitants against one another and to stop the future of Lithuanian civil society and the aspiration to statehood. Unfortunately, some states which aren’t friendly to Lithuania still have these goals. 

It is our duty to strive to insure this plan is not successful and so that we can speak openly in free Lithuania about the painful experiences of our country and her inhabitants, and to name the true criminals and thus seek reconciliation and justice. We will achieve this goal only by, first of all, insuring the carrying out of academic research based on the free, objective and independent examination of historical sources, and by expanding open, unrestricted dialogue on the issues of history and historical memory.

[signed]

Dr. Jolanta Karpavičienė, senior advisor to the president of the Republic of Lithuania

This letter is a mass of lies, distortions and outright fraud. I break it down below, with the president’s remarks italicized:

Lithuania’s 20th century history is full of painful events and gigantic tragedies which were stimulated by the crimes of totalitarian regimes and which afflicted the majority of Lithuanian inhabitants. – Lithuanian nationalism arose in the 1920s and hatred of Jews was a nationalist program by the time Lithuanian National Hero Jonas Noreika wrote his Jew-hate treatise “Raise Your Head Lithuanian” in 1933, i.e., hate was stimulated by Lithuanians, not external totalitarian regimes. The president is lying.

He then practices verbal gymnastics in the same sentence: “which afflicted the majority of Lithuanian inhabitants.” Ninety-six point four percent of Jews in Lithuania were murdered not by totalitarian regimes but primarily by Lithuanians. Here he is blaming Lithuanian conduct on others and negating Lithuanian responsibility. Truly a masterfully-worded twist.

Claiming affliction for the majority of Lithuanians claims sympathy for Lithuanians, for their own murdering of Jews! A brilliant twist to claim sympathy for Holocaust perpetrators by portraying them as the victims.

One of the goals of the criminal Nazi and Soviet regimes was to draw Lithuanian inhabitants into crimes with the aim of setting different groups of inhabitants against one another and to stop the future of Lithuanian civil society and the aspiration to statehood.

Here the president of Lithuania blames Soviets for murdering Jews, but Soviets did not murder Jews. How convenient to blame the conduct of Lithuanians on their enemy the Russians. How dishonest. By transferring blame, he absolves his own nation. He portrays Lithuanians as only victims. This is Holocaust revisionism at its most elegant zenith.

Unfortunately, some states which aren’t friendly to Lithuania still have these goals.

Here he blames calls for truth on his enemy Russia, i.e., efforts such as mine are interpreted as a foreign conspiracy. Truth is the enemy to president Nausėda. Taken together with his prior sentence in which he absolves Lithuanians of Holocaust crimes, this is a neat ending which defines truth as an action against the State of Lithuania.

It is our duty to strive to insure this plan is not successful and so that we can speak openly in free Lithuania about the painful experiences of our country and her inhabitants, and to name the true criminals and thus seek reconciliation and justice.

This is almost the single most masterfully creative lie ever constructed. It requires a breakdown on multiple levels:

It is our duty to strive to insure this plan is not successful –  i.e. Jews and others should not raise the issue of anti-Semitism and Holocaust revisionism because it plays into the hands of Russia.

and so that we can speak openly in free Lithuania about the painful experiences of our country – As shown in this very letter, speaking openly is classified as the agenda of the enemy, and Lithuania does not allow open and free discussion within Lithuania.

and her inhabitants, and to name the true criminals and thus seek reconciliation and justice, i.e. Lithuanians are NOT the true criminals, they are exclusively victims. We Jews should therefore also blame Russia for the murder of our families instead of blaming Lithuanians. We should join the Lithuanian war against their enemy, disregard the facts, and by inverting truth completely, this alone will bring reconciliation and justice.

We will achieve this goal only by, first of all, insuring the carrying out of academic research based on the free, objective and independent examination of historical sources,

Lithuania has an entire government department tasked with rewriting history. They are the official, legal voice of the nation. External academic research is discouraged and disregarded. This statement is a lie.

…and by expanding open, unrestricted dialogue on the issues of history and historical memory.

This lie is probably the most egregious in his statement. I submitted a historical study on their national hero, Jonas Noreika, whom the government has fraudulently re-created into a rescuer of Jews. For the temerity of submitting an “open, unrestricted dialogue on the issues of history and historical memory”  the Government of Lithuania threatened me with criminal charges, see here: http://genocid.lt/centras/lt/2969/a/

The Government of Lithuania refuses to allow any discussion of Holocaust revisionism, which is why I am suing them in the European Court of Human Rights.

If this Holocaust revisionism were not enough to offend every civilized person on the planet, the Lithuanian ambassador to Israel wrote the letter below two weeks earlier:

Ambassador Antanavičienė makes two blatantly false statements:

  1. Lithuania stands strongly against the Holocaust distortion”, and
  2. I would also like to emphasize the strong willingness of the Lithuanian Government to combat any forms of anti-Semitism and encourage an independent, objective and internationally recognized academic research of the XX century’s history.”

In the president’s letter dated just 15 days after hers, President Nausėda is straightforward in his Holocaust revisionism. His reply repudiates any possible claim that Lithuania stands against Holocaust distortion. Ambassador Antanavičenė also knowingly misstates that Lithuania welcomes independent research. Such a clear lie destroys any future claim of honest communication.

In a conversation with AJC Central Europe on February 24, Lithuanian ambassador Janukonis used identical talking points, verbatim. This reflects that an approved set of deceitful talking points have been officially prepared for use in front of Jewish audiences. They lie to our faces, with impunity, and without remorse.

Ambassador Janukonis repeated that Lithuania seeks outside academic research, but declined to state whether criminal charges remain pending against me for submitting a historical study. The threats made against me remain in the public domain, meant to threaten off anyone who tries to engage in independent and objective research. Who would subject themselves to such threats for Holocaust truth? (Me, obviously).

Lithuania is a dishonest, Holocaust-revisionist state. Their dishonesty is consistent. Only their insincere promises of future action are variable. There is no legitimate foreign academic who claims Lithuania is truthful about the Holocaust. In contrast, however, Lithuania expresses deep concern about the historical dishonesty of their enemy Russia. In their 2021 National Threat Assessment, the Government of Lithuania uses the word “history” three times and “historical” eight times. What a mockery they make of their international image.

The Jewish world is fully aware of the depth of Holocaust dishonesty within the Lithuanian Government. Lithuanian diplomats and government officials lie to our faces. They sign international agreements about Holocaust truth they have no intention of honoring. The only tenable position to take is that if the Lithuanian Government is communicating about anything related to the Holocaust, these must be seen as lies, until proven otherwise.

We have clarity that Lithuania has no intention of truthfulness. We Jews need allies. Lithuania can be a state ally for Israel, but it cannot be a trusted friend to Jews. Our murdered families are not for sale for platitudes, and we will not be satisfied with anything less than truth.

The question we Jews, therefore, need to ask of our Jewish organizations is why they continue to give the Government of Lithuania any platform on historical matters. They are simply dishonest Holocaust revisionists.

After 80 years, Lithuania so regularly, easily and blatantly lies to our faces about the murder of our families. How many years should we allow before we accept anything they say at face value? Another 80 years?

About the Author
Grant Arthur Gochin currently serves as the Honorary Consul for the Republic of Togo, and as Vice Dean of the Los Angeles Consular Corps, the second largest Consular Corps in the world. He is the Emeritus Special Envoy for Diaspora Affairs for the African Union, which represents the fifty-five African nations. Gochin is actively involved in Jewish affairs, focusing on historical justice. He has spent the past twenty five years documenting and restoring signs of Jewish life in Lithuania. He has served as the Chair of the Maceva Project in Lithuania, which mapped / inventoried / documented / restored over fifty abandoned and neglected Jewish cemeteries. Gochin is the author of “Malice, Murder and Manipulation”, published in 2013. His book documents his family history of oppression in Lithuania. He is presently working on a project to expose the current Holocaust revisionism within the Lithuanian government. He is Chief of the Village of Babade in Togo, an honor granted for his philanthropic work. Professionally, Gochin is a Certified Financial Planner and practices as a Wealth Advisor in California, where he lives with his family. Personal site: https://www.grantgochin.com/ Silvia Foti’s "The Nazi's Granddaughter: How I Discovered My Grandfather was a War Criminal" was released by Regnery History in English on March 9, 2021. Harper Collins Mexico has released the Spanish version: Mi Abuelo: El General Storm ¿Héroe o criminal nazi?
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