Hunters and žydšaudžiai

Amazon Prime recently released a fictionalized series called “Hunters”. It is an account of Nazi hunters searching for Holocaust perpetrators living in the USA. Unfortunately, it is not as fictional as we would like. Thousands of Holocaust perpetrators escaped to the USA, and more went to South America. Holocaust denial, cover ups and lies helped almost all of the escapees live to ripe old ages in peace and comfort, living in wealth on stolen Jewish plunder, and pontificating their Jew hate to the next generations.

Concurrently released on Amazon is a book containing 121 testimonies of Holocaust survivors from the Lithuanian villages titled: The Lithuanian Slaughter of its Jews. These testimonies are harrowing in their stark recounting of rape, torture, enslavement and wholesale murder of Lithuanian Jews by their hunter neighbors (žydšaudžiai), often, without any presence of German Nazis (Lithuanian Nazis were plentiful). These testimonies leave no room for Holocaust revisionism which is so predominant in Lithuania today.

President Nausėda of Lithuania states he stands firmly against Holocaust denial. It would be impossible to deny the Holocaust in Lithuania. Hunting and murdering Jews was such a common pastime in Lithuania that they even have a word for it: žydšaudžiai (Jew-Shooter). The Holocaust in Lithuania was publicly conducted with massive collaboration of the local population. Death pits cover the country. As such, denying the Holocaust would be preposterous, and Lithuanians are not stupid people.

Nausėda and his government do not stand against Holocaust revisionism, rather, it is their national policy. Lithuania openly acknowledges somehow Jews were murdered; that is, the Jews murdered by Nazis, and the ones they claim were also murdered by their nemesis, Russia. Lithuania lies blatantly about Jews murdered by žydšaudžiai Lithuanians – possibly even up to 80% of the victims.

Lithuania’s accession to EU and NATO required that they display remorse for the Holocaust, and so they do. They stage annual public “Holocaust Regret Shows” and to the outside world they scream incessantly about the 900+ Lithuanians that rescued Jews; it is Lithuania’s private conduct that displays their national values.

Lithuania elevates žydšaudžiai Holocaust perpetrators as their national heroes. Despite international awareness, and at great cost to the nation, to many, these murderers represent the highest aspirations of national pride. Just in the past week, the Lithuanian military featured Kazys Skirpa’s “heroism” for the Lithuanian nation.

Lithuanian military magazine “Karys” [Soldier] published by the Lithuanian National Defense Ministry in its second issue for 2020
Skirpa, the Lithuanian Ambassador to Nazi Germany proposed ethnic cleansing of Jews from Lithuania. At that time Lithuania had about 250,000 Jews, today there are about 3,000. Lithuania achieved his goals beyond their dreams; he is their hero.

In 2019, the Lithuanian foreign ministry issued a statement as follows: “Due to declared neutrality in 1939 and three occupations (1940 – Soviet, 1941 – Nazi, 1944 – Soviet) the Lithuanian state didn‘t participate in World War II, and was just a victim.”

Later in 2019, the chairman of Lithuania’s Parliamentary Freedom Fights and State Historical Memory Commission, proposed to legislate Lithuania’s innocence and victimhood. An international outcry arose at the dishonesty of the Foreign Ministry’s and Parliament’s positions, and it appears that the legislation might have been temporarily shelved. Thus the response of the president assuring civilized people that he would not allow Holocaust denial legislation. Declaring Lithuania as “innocent” is not Holocaust denial, it is Holocaust distortion.

The idea for this “innocence” was invented in the Displaced Person community of Lithuanians in the USA. Some of those were Lithuanian Holocaust perpetrators that either came to USA under “Operation Paperclip”, or other escapees that had also been Holocaust perpetrators. These Lithuanian žydšaudžiai and their sympathizers claimed that some Russian occupiers had Jewish ancestry, so, according to them, in fact, Jews were responsible for the actions of Soviets and Jews should offer a general apology to all Lithuanians. Below is just one example of a public comment explaining this position.

Lithuania currently assures Jews of their love for us, after all, Israel supplies them weapons and Jews support their tourism industry – a primary economic driver in an economy dependent upon European aid. They also dangle their UN vote as an incentive for support. Unfortunately, Lithuanian protestations of love contain so many lies, that the only comprehension we can accept, is the contrary. Honoring Holocaust perpetrators as their national heroes is incompatible with loving Jews.

Lithuania has an entire government department devoted to Holocaust revisionism. This is the very definition of anti-Semitism. They lie constantly about Holocaust history, this is incompatible with ethical and civilized people. People that speak out for the truth are threatened with criminal charges or intimidated in other ways.

The Lithuanian Government has defended three legal actions to remove a plaque for a genocidal murderer named Noreika from a Heritage listed building. An outraged Lithuanian citizen, in an act of hooliganism, took matters into his own hands and destroyed the monument. He was sentenced to 75 days imprisonment and a substantial fine. Lithuanian prosecutors have appealed his sentence to the Lithuanian Supreme Court, claiming it is insufficient. As with others who have stood against the heroization of murderers, he has been so intimidated that he has fled Lithuania and sought political refugee status in Austria.

Nationalistic Lithuanians then illegally installed a new monument to a murderer of Jews on the same Heritage building, this time, the government did not object to hooliganism. It is only acts against žydšaudžiai that raise Lithuanian government ire.

The Lithuanian Supreme Court will hear a Holocaust distortion trial against its own government later in 2020.

By defending and protecting murderers of Jews, Lithuania has incurred substantial damage to their national reputation but this cost has not dimmed their fervor. Thus they display the depth of their national reverence for Holocaust perpetrators. Good Lithuanians are tainted with the identification of a nation of Holocaust distorters. The majority of Lithuanians are probably (hopefully) horrified by the actions of their government, most are just intimidated into silence.

Lithuania’s approved history is a fiction. Their arch enemy, Russia, could use Lithuania’s false standards for their own purposes, here is an abhorrent imaginary situation žydšaudžiai supporters might consider: Imagine if Lithuania’s worst fears were realized and Russia invaded (please may it never be so). Russia could claim that the Russian nation is not responsible, rather, it is thousands of individuals that are invading. Whomever ordered the invasion could have signed the orders under pressure, so Russian leadership is not responsible for their own actions. By “falsely” accusing Russia of invasion, Lithuania is victimizing Russia, and Russia should vociferously object, and charge anyone accusing them of a crime.

The invading soldiers are considered completely innocent of any acts unless each is individually placed on trial and convicted during his lifetime. Eyewitness accounts of Lithuanian citizens are to be dismissed, because the Lithuanian testimonies are “unreliable” and trials are not to be held. Should foreign powers force them to hold trials, they are to be delayed so long that the perpetrator either dies before trial, or is too old to be tried, and then they are again considered “completely innocent”.

If Russian soldiers murder 96.4% of Lithuanians, Russia may still honor the soldiers as their national heroes, not necessarily for invading, but because they raised a flag on a hill or some equal absurdity. Russian schoolbooks could declare that Lithuanians had it coming because they might not have had the correct ideology, so, they are guilty and deserving of their own murder, even including newborn infants.

The invasion would also not be Russia’s fault, because somewhere in the last thousand years, a Lithuanian might have had slept with a Russian, and the Russian invader was therefore actually a Lithuanian. In the final chapter, the Russian leader would stand up with tears in his eyes, proclaim his love for Lithuanians, regrets that Lithuanians were “lost” and proclaim it had nothing to do with Russia. The 3.6% of surviving Lithuanians would be expected to applaud the Russian leader and believe his protestations, and apologize for any upset they might have caused. At the completion of the Russian invasion and murder, Russians that had rescued Lithuanians would be portrayed to the outside world as heroes, Russia would repeat this endlessly as if those were the only Russians involved. Anyone that objects would be defined as an “enemy of the State”.

To a rational mind this narrative is absurd, but these are essentially the positions the Lithuanian government has taken as regards the slaughter of their Jews. The cycle of history is long and unpredictable, one hopes nobody would ever cause damage to Lithuania, but were it to be, surely Lithuania would never want to be held to their own positions?

In 1995, Lithuanian President Brazauskas offered an apology to the Jewish people for the acts of his nation. He was repudiated by Lithuania for telling the truth and later, he awarded honors to some of the žydšaudžiai. It is the national position. This week, the Lithuanian military confirmed it is also their position. As Maya Angelou said: “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time”. Lithuania consistently shows us.

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 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. Gochin blogs at Times of Israel at: Personal blog: Personal site: Silvia Foti’s Storm in the Fatherland: A Memoir Unmasking a War Criminal will be published by Harper Collins in Spanish later in 2020 and by Regnery History in English in 2021.
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