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Lithuania will not win

Speech delivered in Tel Aviv on May 17, 2022, at the Association of Lithuanian Jews in Israel.

I am delighted to be here with my Litvak friends, after all, we are all mishpocha.

We all know the issues of Holocaust fraud in Lithuania.

The Lithuanian government tried to construct criminal charges against Yosif Melamed.

They tried again to do the same thing to Yitzhak Arad.

And now, I am the target of their criminal investigations.

As you have just heard, Silvia’s grandfather continues to be honored as a Lithuanian hero. Chaverim, he is not the only one.

Noreika murdered my own cousins.

My Zadeh spent his life in SA searching for information about his murdered relatives. And then, the discovery;

In April 1984, the German magazine, Der Spiegel exposed Noreika as the murderer of the Jewish population in my Zadeh’s region. Let us remember, that was before the advent of the internet. The boat carrying magazines from Europe took about a month to arrive in Port Elizabeth, with hard copies. My Zadeh read Der Spiegel every month. At the end of May 1984, he read the April edition.

Noreika’s murders, the cruelty and barbarity of the Lithuanians was clearly defined on the page. After reading and rereading the article, my Zadeh lost all hope of ever finding any Survivors. He was clearly depleted. A mere few days later, he dropped dead of a stress induced heart attack. I leave it to you Chaverim, did they kill my Zadeh too?

For me – Lithuanian Holocaust fraud is deeply personal.

Thirteen years after Jonas Noreika was exposed as the genocidal murderer of my family, Lithuania declared him a national hero.

Lithuanians were not satisfied murdering just their own Jewish citizens. They travelled all over Europe murdering the Jews of other countries.

Noreika was a minor murderer in comparison to other Lithuanian heroes, he only murdered about 14,500 of us. 14,500. Let’s look to Antanas Baltušis who served as the leader of the guards at the Majdanek Concentration Camp. The Lithuanian Government claims he served on the outside of the camp only, and therefore was unaware of what was happening inside. Preposterous, do they really expect us to believe that? Now, I ask you – have you ever heard of a guard serving on the inside of a gas chamber? The lies constructed by the Lithuanian Government are so blatantly crude, that one wonders, do they think we will actually believe that? We are not naïve. Baltusis remains their national hero.

According to the Nuremberg Laws definition, every single member of Lithuania’s wartime Provisional Government falls into the category of a Holocaust perpetrator.

Representatives of the Lithuanian government tell us the only ones to blame for the Holocaust were the “Nazis and their collaborators”. This stance has been created to focus only on Nazis and to distract from Lithuanians.

They ignore the fact that Lithuanians began murdering Jews even before the Nazis arrived in Lithuania. What they refuse to acknowledge is simply that there were so very few Nazis in Lithuania. That Nazis gave Lithuanians weapons and Lithuanians joyously, willingly and enthusiastically murdered Jews.

Lithuanians and Nazis shared the same ideology. The only difference being that the Nazis were horrified at the extreme sadistic acts of the Lithuanians. When you hear the phrase “Nazis and their collaborators”, I want you to understand that this is a deliberate form of Holocaust revisionism, distortion and distraction.

Another of their heroes, Kazys Škirpa, called for the elimination of Jews from Lithuania. In 1939 there were approximately 250,000 Jews. Today approximately 2,500. It does not take a mathematical genius to recognize that 99% of Lithuanian Jews have been eliminated. 80% of Jews were eliminated prior to the Final Solution being established. The government of Lithuania says Skirpa’s call to “eliminate” Jews was just a mere “incident of antisemitism”. – “A mere incident”?

Representatives of the Lithuanian government tell us these Jews are “lost”. Let me help Lithuania. They are not “lost”. We all know exactly where they are. They lie twisted in death pits strewn throughout Lithuania.

President Herzog and former Prime Minister Netanyahu are both Litvaks with origins in Seduva. The murderer of their Lithuanian families in Seduva was Izidorius Pucevicius. He too has been declared a hero of Lithuania, and he too has been rewritten into a rescuer of Jews. The Lithuanian national hero Jonas Semaska, another Holocaust perpetrator, has also been rewritten into a rescuer. The Lithuanian lies that are still told today, are responsible for murdering our families yet a second time.

I have provided the Lithuanian Government with more than a dozen names of their heroes who were Holocaust perpetrators. They. Do. Not. Care.

Yad Vashem declared 0.04% of Lithuanians were Righteous Gentiles. 0.04%.

That leaves 99.96% of Lithuanians who were either perpetrators, bystanders, or cannot prove that they were rescuers. Those who cannot prove that they were rescuers include Noreika, Pucevicius, Semaska and so many more.

There is not a single piece of evidence that Nazis punished any Lithuanians for refusing to murder a Jew. The infinitesimally small number of Lithuanian rescuers were rescuing the Jews NOT from Nazis, but from fellow Lithuanians.

Yad Vashem states plainly and clearly their definition for Righteous Gentiles, however, the Lithuanian government has created and defined their own system for identifying “Righteous Gentiles”. Chaverim, THIS is a false system. Borevicius has been declared a Righteous Gentile by Lithuania, NOT by Yad Vashem.

Privately, some members of the government admit the truth. But they insist that “education requires time”.

I have news for them. After 80 years – time’s up.

Through my legal actions, I have been able to expose the Lithuanian President, Prime Minister, Parliament, Public Prosecutor, Heritage Department, Mayor of Vilnius, every single one of their Courts including both of their Supreme Courts, as participants in the national program of Holocaust deception.

Efraim Zuroff and I share the honor of being two of the most hated people in Lithuania. Regardless of the blatant, absurd lies they hurl at us, we stand steadfast in demanding the truth.

Lithuania’s strategy is to delay and obstruct. They hope people like me will get so tired, we will give up. I will not. Lithuania has never told the truth about the Holocaust. They escaped the intelligence and power of Melamed and Arad by simply hoping time would run out, and the two would die. It worked. I want Lithuania to know, I am not going anywhere.

I have brought close to 30 legal actions against the government of Lithuania. All of them were demanding the truth. Every case has been dismissed on legal technicalities, without examining any facts. Their legal responses prove that when representatives of the Lithuanian government tell us they “want to know the truth”, and that they “oppose Holocaust distortion”, they are lying. My cases stand as permanent proof that 77 years after the end of the Shoah, Lithuania is a country that elevates Holocaust fraud.

Many entities have voiced their staunch disapproval of Lithuania’s Holocaust deceptions. The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, the US State Department, the US Congress, Lithuania’s own Presidential Commission, Simon Wiesenthal Center, American Jewish Congress, the Lithuanian Jewish Community, the European Jewish Community, the World Jewish Congress and many more. Lithuania stands exposed in front of the world as Holocaust revisionists.

Lithuania says that they want to talk to anyone open and ready to discuss painful issues of the past, on a respectful and constructive basis but only those who share the effort to find the truth and reconciliation. Apparently, not even the US Congress meets their criteria. When the government of Lithuania and their representatives communicate on Jewish historical issues, please assume they are deceiving.

My case is currently in front of the United Nations. My case could take decades to be resolved. Our best immediate recourse is the Court of public opinion. And that, Chaverim, is us.

Lithuania so comprehensively and deliberately lies about the greatest crime in the history of the world, begs the question – is there anything they will not lie about?

We Jews worldwide attend Lithuanian events and hear warm words. Only an analysis of these words show the exact same terms being used in the UK, US, SA & Israel. Their words are a dictated script written in Vilnius, crafted very carefully to distract from truth. Do they really think we cannot figure it out?

They tell us that they are serious about remembering. Yet, my cases and the continual lies prove otherwise. Their standard procedure remains Holocaust revisionism. Holocaust revisionism IS antisemitism.

Germany’s official stance is to accept responsibility for the Shoah. There is now strong friendship between Jews and Germany and Israel and Germany. Lithuania has only lied, twisted and committed fraud. There is no honest basis for a relationship between Jews and Lithuania.

To correct this abhorrent situation, Lithuania urgently needs to show us they are sincere. Only firm and immediate action is acceptable. I propose the following :

  1. Close down their Genocide Center and revoke all findings
  2. Create a Truth and Reconciliation Commission of non-Lithuanian, credentialed historians to establish the truth.
  3. Stop distorting and lying.

If Lithuania genuinely wants to apologize for their frauds and murders, I have a suggestion. Follow the example of Spain and Portugal and issue a mass blanket grant of full Lithuanian citizenship to all Litvaks, worldwide. Laws can definitely be changed. They can definitely do this.

I do not anticipate success in Lithuania. Melamed, Arad, and Zuroff have not succeeded. Neither will I.

It is easier for Lithuania to pretend our cause does not exist. Fortunately, Lithuania’s strategy is about to backfire. Two extraordinarily talented documentarians will soon release films titled J’Accuse, a cry from the killing pits of Lithuania, and Baltic Truth, both about Holocaust deceptions by the Lithuanian Government. Lithuania’s constant phrase “Nazis and their collaborators”, will be revealed for the lies it is intended to convey.

We in this room know the truth. We remember. And we have taught our children well.

Israel is the sovereign protector of Holocaust history. We need you to help us. We need your voice. Please follow us on Facebook and in the Times of Israel. We need people to know what we are doing and how we are doing it. For the memory of our families.

Lithuania will not win.

Todah Rabah.

Am Yisrael Chai.

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: https://www.grantgochin.com/
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