Holocaust victims are sacrosanct. Nazi murderers are monsters. Such basic truths are obvious to all civilized people, but not so in Lithuania.
Since Lithuania achieved independence in 1990, they have rewritten history. The retreat of the Soviets in the face of the Nazi invasion in 1941 has been reframed as a glorious “Lithuanian Uprising”. The murder of 96% of Lithuanian Jews continues to be a mystery to them. Lithuania simply is unable to figure out just how those Jews were “lost”. Lithuania is certain that their enemy, the Soviets, murdered Jews, and admits their staunch Nazi allies did have some responsibility. However, Lithuania has absolute certainty that it was definitely not Lithuanians, because according to the government of Lithuania, other than just a few “degenerates,” Lithuanians were so busy saving Jews that they probably didn’t have time to murder any. The Lithuanian government is also sure it was Jews murdering other Jews, and not Lithuanians doing the murdering. They are perplexed why, after 80 years, we troublesome Jews are still bothering them about such ancient history?
During the years 1941 – 1945, 220,000 Jews were murdered on the territory of Lithuania. The country remains a massive national crime scene. Yet, not one single murderer of a Jew has ever been punished by Lithuania. So many murderers were converted into National Heroes, that being of a certain age and holding National Honors, might be construed as an indicator of having committed war crimes.
The Lithuanian Government has long held a nonsensical position on the Holocaust. Probably one of their most bizarre claims was when the Government of Lithuania wanted to charge Jewish Holocaust Survivors with War Crimes for their apparent crime of having survived. This program began in 2007 and continued for many years. Arresting Jews for the crime of surviving caused an international scandal for Lithuania. Even Chancellor Merkel of Germany flew there to express her personal disgust. That scandal was eventually papered over with platitudes, but the underlying ideology remains. Antisemitism is deeply embedded in that country.
Lithuanian national leadership and government were instrumental in formulating and directing the initial stages of the Shoah in Lithuania. Entire city and town municipalities, police officers and the military participated in the logistics of, and participation in the mass murders of Jews. Most of the murders were completed before Germany even decided to murder Jews. The Government of Lithuania has consistently, officially and deliberately whitewashed the crimes of the murderers, blamed others for the crimes, exonerated the criminals, rewritten their history, and assuaged Jews and others with empty platitudes.
The bulk of the murders of Jewish babies, children, the sick and the elderly (they called our elders “useless eaters”) were carried out by Lithuanians in 1941. In 2021, Lithuania has an entire government department known as “The Genocide and Resistance Research Centre of Lithuania”, to rewrite Holocaust history and declare themselves innocent. Holocaust revision and erstwhile antisemitism are Lithuanian government policy, enforced with great zeal.
The combination of my lawsuit, Gochin v. Lithuania (pending in the European Court of Human Rights) against the Government of Lithuania, and the expose by the granddaughter of Jonas Noreika of his Holocaust crimes, titled The Nazi’s Granddaughter: How I Discovered My Grandfather was a War Criminal, have caught global media attention. Unable to silence voices outside of their own country, Lithuania is once again being internationally exposed for their consistent national antisemitism. Therefore, informed citizens of Lithuania are learning what their government has done in their name.
The Genocide Center employs 150 people to rewrite their history into a palatable and glorious story. With little factual material, they have turned to fiction. At a recent hearing in front of the Lithuanian Parliament, government employees stated: “The Genocide Center is a public administration body, so there can be no scientific council as it is not a scientific institution”. In other words, this is a clear admission that official state history is propaganda, not truth.
Their previous leader, Terese Burauskaite has been exposed as a fraud, so she was replaced with her ideological doppelgänger, Adas Jakubauskas. Government was cornered into changing an official, but their intention was never to change ideology. Jakubauskas has since also been exposed as a political hack, installed to reinforce their lies. Seventeen of the Genocide Center’s historians have formally protested in recent weeks, saying that they are being forced to construct historical fiction.
In 2020, the Chairman of Lithuania’s Parliamentary Commission on Historical Memory, Arunas Gumuliauskas, was also exposed as an ideological historical revisionist and antisemite. Lithuania was embarrassed by the revelation, but not by his ideology. Once again, they had no choice but to replace him, and so they did, with his ideological doppelgänger, Valdas Rakutis. On International Holocaust Remembrance Day – January 27, 2021, Rakutis spoke the nationalist line aloud – Jews were responsible for their own murder, including murdering their own children and parents, and Lithuanians are innocent.
Ambassadors from USA, Germany and Israel protested, and Lithuania was, once again, exposed. Rakutis “resigned”, and Lithuania will soon appoint his ideological doppelgänger. There is an endless supply of antisemitic liars in Lithuania. Names and faces are replaced to accommodate international outrage, while ideology remains in place.
Lithuania’s chief rewriter of their official national history employed by the Government is the right wing ideologue Stancikas. He was trained as a geologist, employed to mine any sewer for false history and pronounce it to the world as state sponsored, official fact. I sued the Lithuanian government for his blatant falsifications. The case went all the way to the Lithuanian Supreme Court; the historical revisionism is legally inviolable in Lithuania. The collusion within Lithuania is complete.
US Congress wrote to the Prime Minister of Lithuania, protesting their misuse of Congressional documents to commit Holocaust revisionism. The Lithuanian Prime Minister did not respond. The geologist Stancikas and his boss Jakubauskas replied in the Prime Minister’s stead. Lithuania’s official national response to the US Congress insulted Congressman Sherman personally by calling him “just a politician” and claimed he does not understand his own governments’ rulings. (Congressman Sherman has been in Congress for 24 years and is a highly respected senior member of the Foreign Affairs Committee).
Stancikas’s coworkers at the Genocide Center have confirmed his historical findings are not credible, yet, the Lithuanian Supreme Court has validated his findings as official and legal state findings of fact, enforceable by law. The Genocide Center claim they understand the meaning of Congressional documents far better than our own members of Congress. Lithuania claims to understand the operation of US law better than our own legislators, and they claim to understand US law better than top US lawyers. All of this, for the sole purpose of Holocaust revisionism.
It is obvious that ideology and antisemitism in Lithuania take precedence over their national security. To nullify national credibility and issue personal insults at the very legislators in Congress that vote to send US military to support Lithuania, is indeed brazen. It simply shows how strongly Lithuania loves their Holocaust perpetrators. It will be impossible for Lithuania to resolve this situation without much public humiliation and major reforms of their government institutions, and Courts.
After he issued the formal government response, Stancikas then authored an article in a national newspaper, repeating as fact the very items Congress told the Lithuanian Prime Minister were lies that needed to stop. Lithuania’s national dignity has been exchanged for a Holocaust perpetrator. A fair exchange?
Formal resolutions of condemnation are currently pending before US Congress and the US Senate.
Probably, the government of Lithuania will attempt to paper over this crisis by replacing Stancikas with yet another ideological doppelgänger, Arunas Bubnys. Lithuania’s national ideology will remain consistent.
In the past two weeks, Lithuania has been roiled by multiple public exposes of the historical frauds perpetrated by their government. Sectors of the government are feigning surprise. Simply, this is another falsification. Many years ago I learned how blatantly dishonestly their national narrative has been constructed. Recognizing their evolving apologies and consistencies, I resolved to get the Government, Courts, criminal authorities and others on record, and that is precisely what I did, here. With this long and detailed record of it’s Holocaust distortion proclaimed before its own courts, there is now no path for the government of Lithuania to claim ignorance or lack of participation.
After all my litigation and press about Holocaust revisionism in Lithuania, it is apparent how engaged the government and courts are in colluding to continue this farce. Notwithstanding, the Lithuanian Government signed this international guarantee with impunity. This is proof positive that signed guarantees by the Lithuanian government are worthless. The last thirty years of Lithuanian history as it relates to Jewry, shows that Lithuania cannot be trusted.
In the words of Dillon Hosier, CEO of ICAN: “If the Lithuanian government is able to effortlessly lie about history’s greatest crime, then it begs the question: what won’t they lie about?”
Lithuania will soon stand in front of the European Court of Human Rights to defend their lies. The government of Lithuania clearly considers Holocaust revisionism more important than their international credibility, reputation and national security. Eighty years after the mass murders began, Lithuania remains mired in Holocaust revisionism. For the next 80 years, the defining reputation of the Lithuanian nation will be as “Holocaust Revisionists”.
Imagine your child attending a school named “Hitler High School”. In Lithuania, children do attend the “Jonas Noreika Elementary School”, and are taught pride in Holocaust perpetrators. Thus, we find school-age children are being taught antisemitism. Teaching the youth of Lithuania Holocaust revisionism as a core national value is child abuse.
Jews worldwide need to learn that the platitudes presented by western facing Lithuanian diplomats have been a sham. Lithuanian legal and practical conduct is the yardstick by which they must be measured. There is no basis for trust by Jews towards the Lithuanian state. In order to build trust, Lithuania must begin to tell the truth, and not allow lies and ideology to again dominate their national narrative. Until this happens legitimately and sincerely, the European Union, NATO and the UN should note how effortlessly Lithuania signs treaties they have no intention of honoring, and USA should recognize that Lithuania is a dishonest and unreliable “ally”. All should revoke financial and military assistance to Lithuania until this matter is truthfully and finally resolved.