Grant Arthur Gochin

Grotesque commemoration of evil

Fearing stigmatization and persecution, Lithuanian rescuers of Jews awarded the “Righteous among the Nations” designation, often hid it from their neighbors and family members for decades. Today, the Lithuanian Government honors these Rescuers on a national level (as they should have from the very beginning). Unfortunately, the Lithuanian honors are not sincere and are just another performance. Jewish people who were saved are reduced to vehicles for Lithuanian virtue signaling.

“Righteous Among Nations” Lithuanians comprised only 0.04% of the Lithuanian population. These genuine heroes are now used by the State as an alibi for anyone who is Lithuanian, i.e. the 0.04% are presented to the public as the stereotypical norm, while the 99.96% of Lithuanians who were not “Righteous Among Nations”, are negated or their deeds rewritten. This is clear Holocaust distortion.


The case of Juozas Krikštaponis is far more illustrative of Lithuania then, and now. Krikštaponis was a vicious, genocidal murderer. But, he “only” murdered Jews. So, for Lithuania this is not any impediment to national honors. Lithuania honors so many murderers of Jews, that it appears this could be a standard for national hero status.

Krikštaponis was the nephew of the President of Lithuania, Antanas Smetona. He was an elite member of society. Even Nazis were appalled at his savagery towards Jews. Krikstaponis volunteered to “eliminate” Jews wherever he could find any, and since the start of the Lithuanian Holocaust, up to today, 99% of Lithuanian Jews have been eliminated.

Krikštaponis was a commander of the 2nd company of Major Antanas Impulevičius’ 2nd National Labor Protection (TDA) battalion. In 1941 in Lithuania and Belarus, the 2nd battalion together with Nazis, murdered about 46,000 people. Defenseless elderly Jews and Jewish infants were murdered by Krikstaponis and his gangs for their crime of existing. Is murdering innocent Jewish civilians heroic? For Lithuania, it appears so.

In 1996, Lithuanian officials in Ukmergė, named a city square after Juozas Krikštaponis and a memorial stone with a bronze bas-relief was unveiled in the square. The words engraved on the attached granite slab: “Lithuanian Partisans / Commander of the Vyties District / Kap. / Juozas Krikštaponis, who died in 1945.”
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In 1996, Lithuanian officials in Ukmergė, named a city square after Juozas Krikštaponis and installed a memorial stone with a bronze bas-relief in the square. The words engraved on the granite slab are: “Lithuanian Partisans / Commander of the Vyties District / Kap. / Juozas Krikštaponis, who died in 1945.”

Krikštaponis was recognized as a “Volunteer Soldier” on December 22, 1997.

On October 31, 2002, the President of the Republic of Lithuania posthumously awarded Krikstaponis the rank of Colonel.

In 2015, the leader of Lithuania’s Center for the Study of the Genocide and Resistance of Residents of Lithuania (Genocide Center) offered an impassioned defense of murderers of Jews, including Krikstaponis. These defenses reached levels of absurdity that only North Korean propaganda, or Russian propaganda have ever attempted to attain. Clearly, to them, Jews are not humans, and not worthy of respect or dignity. The insult to humanity is overwhelming, and a giant slap in the face to real heroes.

In 2016, the Government of Lithuania admitted Krikštaponis was a murderer.


In 2021, Israeli Ambassador to Lithuania, Yossi Levy begged Lithuanian authorities to remove honors bestowed on Krikštaponis:

Ambassador Levy said: ”But also remember Ukmergė. Remember that even today, in September 2021, a monument is still standing in honor of a mass murderer, Juozas Krikštaponis, a volunteer to the pro-German battalion who butchered with his own hands grandmothers and babies near Minsk. Remember the anger you feel when you are facing this monument in the main street near the public library in a Lithuanian city at the end of 2021, 80 years after the Holocaust, as if this shameful monument stands in an ex-territory of morality and justice.”

The Lithuanian Institute of History, a legitimate historical organization in Lithuania, said the government “made a mistake” in honoring this Holocaust perpetrator, and acknowledged that other “mistakes” have also been made.

These were not and are not “mistakes” – far from it. The government’s actions to honor Holocaust perpetrators as national heroes have been a very deliberate and determined strategy, with the participation of almost every level of government and courts.

In 2022, the US State Department implored Lithuania to remove the monument for Krikstaponis, just as the US Government has demanded the Lithuanian Government cease using US Congressional documents for purposes of Holocaust distortion. These pleas fell on deaf ears.

On June 29, 2023, the “Interagency Commission for Assessing Bans on Public Sites Propagating Totalitarian and Authoritarian Regimes and Their Propagation”, colloquially called the “De-Sovietization Commission” – capitulated to western pressure and recommended the removal of the monument commemorating Juozas Krikštaponis. According to law, after receiving this recommendation, the director of the Genocide Center has five days to sign off on a mandatory directive to remove the monument. A month has passed and that hasn’t happened. There is no international pretense that the Genocide Center is anything other than a Center of Lithuanian historical fraud, and it now appears they no longer care about an internal pretense either.


The Genocide Center has provided a bevy of “explanations” why responses cannot be provided, or the monument removed. They claim Krikštaponis’s status as a “Volunteer Soldier” and his posthumous rank of Colonel still have to be “reviewed”. This is an infantile delaying technique. Their game is to deny the facts, deflect, distract, confuse, and then repeat.

The Genocide Center contemplated removing Krikštaponis’s status as military volunteer in 2014. It didn’t happen. The commission tasked with deciding these matters was then (as is now) under the influence of organizations who celebrate Holocaust criminals. The Genocide Center approached the office of the prosecutor. The prosecutor responded by saying they weren’t prepared to lodge charges against a dead person, and furthermore, the commission providing the status of “Volunteer Soldier” was not administratively able to assign tasks to the Office of Prosecutor. In this way, a dead man cannot be convicted of a crime, and so the Lithuanian Government requires a constitutional presumption of “complete innocence”. Following this convoluted, twisted, path that never leads anywhere, they absolve Holocaust perpetrators of any wrongdoing, as they deliberately and strategically refused to put them on trial during their lifetimes. This way, they deem the murderers innocent, and extrapolate this facade to national “innocence”, and shift blame for crimes onto others. Russian dishonesty does not compare in sophistication or manipulation. Lithuanian dishonesty is a twisted hall of mirrors never to revoke honors for Holocaust perpetrators, nor to admit the truth.

Lithuanian Law says only the courts can annul the status of “Volunteer Soldier”. But there are no parties that afford legal standing to bring such a case to the Courts. The result of which is that murderers of Jews are free. Lithuania has perfected the methodology and practice of Holocaust distortion. The Genocide Center is given the task of policing themselves and reporting on whether they ever committed historical fraud. This is no different than asking Putin if he is an aggressor in Ukraine. When it comes to dishonesty, there is little difference between Russia and Lithuania.

The legislation adopted last year says that each specific monument is to be considered separately, without regard to monuments to the same person at other locations. Now, the discussions of Krikštaponis’s status as a “Volunteer Soldier”, and his rank of Colonel bestowed by presidential decree posthumously, have become a whitewash of the facts. This is absurd. They keep tangling the truth in more distortions, distractions, and denials.

A Lithuanian State Radio and Television – radio panel discussion, was held on the subject. As usual, the participants expressed no reservations or doubts regarding the justness of Krikštaponis’s military status, and instead discussed strategies and tactics to continue to postpone the removal of the monument in Ukmergė.

The state broadcast issued a public opinion poll asking whether the letter of the law should be followed in removing this monument. The state-financed state broadcaster is questioning whether the laws of the state need to be followed! Russians and North Koreans could learn valuable lessons from Lithuania in how to manipulate their population.

The Director of the Genocide Center, Bubnys, is among those who glorify Holocaust perpetrators.

Dr. Arunas Bubnys
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Prior to the Government knowingly appointing him to the position of Chief Historian for the nation, Bubnys campaigned for public office on a platform of historical revisionism, and elevating Holocaust perpetrators to national hero status. Lithuania has never had any intention of being truthful about their Holocaust crimes.

Holocaust denial, distortion and revision

Holocaust denial is against Lithuania’s criminal code. This legislation is for public display only. The Lithuanian Government has never had any intention of applying this legislation to their own members of government, who are rather tasked with denying, obfuscating, and distorting Lithuania’s leadership in the design and implementation of the Holocaust.

Facts established in the west about Lithuanian Holocaust perpetrators are usually ascribed to “Kremlin propaganda”. Lithuania is unwilling to look at itself honestly. Inconvenient facts are ascribed to their enemy, and it is for this reason they have so often described me as a Russian agent. Clearly, Lithuania is its own worst enemy.

The Government of Lithuania has been caught committing Holocaust fraud repeatedly. Simultaneously, Lithuanian Ambassadors seek to appear in front of Jewish organizations attempting to convince Jews that Lithuania is a “Friend of the Jews”.

Deceiving the world

Unaware and innocent Jews continue to be deceived by Lithuania’s smooth-talking diplomats and their shills. The facts are in the public domain, minimal examination of the facts is enough to educate every Jew on true Lithuanian values and ideals. Words are meaningless when actions contradict them.

The monument and honors for Kristaponis are a shrine to grotesque evil. They are an assault on human decency. The hard-hearted negation of his Jewish victims is immoral. Lithuania commits these deceptions openly, with knowledge and with impunity. It is a desecration of Holocaust facts, done with contempt. The civilized world has passed judgment on Lithuania’s obdurate Holocaust deceptions, which are based on causeless hatreds. The civilized world cannot allow this to continue.

Lithuania is doing its best to only communicate the horrors of Russian totalitarianism and imperialism, and to erase its own history of perpetrating a genocide against their own Jewish citizens, and against Jews of neighboring countries. Lithuania has made horrible judgments and spread preposterous lies. They are in an untenable corner all of their own, very deliberate making. Let’s hope the world is watching.

About the Author
Grant Arthur Gochin currently serves as the Honorary Consul for the Republic of Togo. He is the Emeritus Special Envoy for Diaspora Affairs for the African Union, which represents the fifty-five African nations, and Emeritus Vice Dean of the Los Angeles Consular Corps, the second largest Consular Corps in the world. 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:
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