I beg you, prove me wrong

Lithuanian Diplomats are tasked with reaching out to Jews to convince the Jews of their sincerity and intensity of regret at the “loss” of their Jews during the Shoah. Their message is completely and utterly a lie. Just like Hamas, for their domestic audience, they laud those Lithuanians who murdered Jews, while to the outside world, they create a false narrative of regret.

Their “loss” is heavily emphasized; in fact, Lithuanian Jews are not lost, their bodies are in over 200 mass death pits in Lithuania. Lithuanian officials place the blame on Nazis and Soviets, and pretend to care. By negating Lithuanian culpability, Lithuanian Holocaust memorial events have morphed into Holocaust revisionist events. This is a brilliant strategy by Lithuania, which now, fortunately, has been exposed.

Silvia Foti, a Chicago school teacher and granddaughter of Lithuanian Holocaust perpetrator Jonas Noreika, was featured on BBC Hardtalk in April. On May 1, Aish carried the following article: https://www.aish.com/ci/s/My-Nazi-Grandfather-Was-No-Hero.html

While the educated world has taken notice of Foti’s book, no Lithuanian Embassy or Consulate has bothered to address it publicly. When Lithuanian author Ruta Sepetys wrote about the suffering of Lithuanians at the hands of Soviets, Lithuanian Embassies and Consulates worldwide relentlessly promoted her book and movie to portray Lithuania exclusively as a victim. Foti’s expose illustrates clearly the extent to which Lithuanians were perpetrators. Lithuanian government silence reflects their ideological efforts to manipulate the narrative, and deny the facts. Noreika is merely one of the very many murderers of Jews who are worshiped by Lithuania.

Jonas Noreika from the private collection of his granddaughter, Silvia Foti (Courtesy)

Unlike Germany and Austria, Lithuania has never implemented a “de-nazification” process. They present their “Tolerance Centers” as their de-facto de-nazification education, however, in reality, this too is false. Documentary evidence proves that the Director of the Tolerance Center program is a Holocaust revisionist.

Lithuanians are masters at holding out distractions or offering promises they have no intention of keeping. They sign documents they have no intention of honoring. Their signature on documents and representations to Jews are completely worthless.

Lithuania has paid a price for their commitment to the murderers of Jews over their national integrity. Their international reputation is in tatters.

The Government of Lithuania has lied for so long, so comprehensively, that there is little path for them to now tell the truth to their population. Ironically, their hope is that they will lose the Holocaust revision lawsuit currently in front of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Such a loss would give them the ability to claim that the international community does not understand the Lithuanian psyche.

Unfortunately for Lithuania, ECHR accepts very few cases (just as the US Supreme Court accepts very few cases). One wonders if this case will force Lithuania to tell their own population that they have comprehensively falsified their national history, and that their nation building narrative was built on a foundation of lies. How does Lithuania undo 30 years of lies and maintain credibility in front of their own population, never mind the rest of the world?

The next large event Lithuania will want outsiders to support is “European Capital of Culture 2022”. Kaunas maintains a street named for Kazys Skirpa, the architect of the Shoah in Lithuania. Thirty years of experience shows that Lithuania will never do anything because it is moral, ethical or decent. They will only make changes after they have failed at every other path.

Skirpa proposed the ethnic cleansing of Jews from Lithuania. 220,000 Jews were then murdered inside Lithuania. The Government of Lithuania declared him innocent but admitted this was an “incident of antisemitism”.

Those who know the truth, and want the truth exposed are unfortunately powerless to bring about change inside Lithuania. There is absolutely no basis for Jews to trust the Lithuanian government or Lithuanian officials. The ONLY standard Jews can follow are concrete Lithuanian actions, and only months after they have been implemented, and can no longer be retracted. The most minimal immediate requirement is that Lithuania change the name of Skirpa Street in Kaunas. Given the extent and consistency of Lithuanian dishonesty, no credibility should be afforded until a minimum of one year AFTER the street name has been changed, and it can no longer be changed back. The Mayor of Vilnius has pulled a similar charade on Jews before when a monument for Jonas Noreika was restored after he accepted international honors for removing it. (It is astounding how easily some Jews can be deceived and are continually deceived, year, after year, after year).

The first indication we will have that Lithuania is reorienting is when the Government revokes Noreika’s honors and awards them to his granddaughter, Silvia Foti, who has exposed the truth at great personal peril and cost. Lithuania has shown no progress towards admitting the truth, I do not expect a change of course in our lifetimes. I live in eternal hope that they will one day prove me wrong.

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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