June 2021 marks eighty years since June 1941, when “patriotic” Lithuanians began the rapid and systemic slaughter of more than 200,000 of their fellow citizens because they were Jewish. As the Soviets retreated in the face of a massive German invasion, the Lithuanians opportunistically embarked upon the rape, robbery, enslavement, torture and murder of their defenseless Jewish neighbors. Although the Lithuanians have elevated their role in the Soviet retreat to a “National Uprising,” most of their shooting involved ambushing fleeing Russians — and Jewish citizens they encountered in open areas.
A year earlier, when the militantly atheistic Soviets took over Lithuania, they quickly closed Jewish educational institutions, forbade the use of Hebrew, and disbanded all Jewish organizations. Most Jews also lost their means of livelihood and savings. And in mid-June 1941, when the Soviets arrested 17,500 Lithuanian citizens and sent them to Siberia, nearly 10% of those deported were Jews.
Once the Soviets departed, the Lithuanians descended into bloodlust spree against Jews. Often, this was days before the Nazis entered Lithuanian towns. Lithuania created a pro-Nazi Provisional Government and reinstated all local Lithuanian officials who had lost their positions a year earlier when the Soviets took control of the country.
With one voice, the Lithuanian Provisional Government readily endorsed the rounding up of Jews and the seizure of their homes and property, but they were concerned to some extent about the country’s image: The Provisional Government asked its militarized police forces not to murder Jews “so publicly.” This “admonition” appears in the government-promulgated “Regulations on the Situation of the Jews.”
A few years later, at the Nuremburg Tribunal’s “Major War Criminals” trial, several Nazi leaders were convicted for signing criminal orders, including Goering, Ribbentrop, Keitel, and Kaltenbrunner. By the Tribunal’s own definition, the entire Provisional Government were participants in a criminal enterprise of Holocaust perpetrators.
Although the Provisional Government disbanded in early August 1941, their reinstituted institutions and reinstalled personnel remained in place. And these Lithuanians eagerly volunteered to carry out mass murder in every town and village throughout the country. Moreover, the perpetrators were notoriously cruel, and their appetite for homicide was insatiable. When all of Lithuania’s Jews had been murdered (except for a comparative few who were kept alive as slave laborers), the Lithuanian “patriots” traveled to other countries to murder Jews. The overall support of the Lithuanian population was so widespread that the percentage of Jews murdered in Lithuania was the highest in all of Europe.
Lithuanians still cling to the Nazi lie that Jews were communists and that this rationalizes the cold-blooded, racially motivated murder of over 200,000 unarmed civilians.
No murderer of a Jew has ever been punished by Lithuania. Instead, Lithuania festoons the names of the pro-Nazi collaborators and murderers on their national and local buildings, and names streets in their honor. They have built monuments for them and created bizarre narratives that transform Holocaust perpetrators into heroic figures.
Lithuania also has relentlessly sought to shield its “patriots” from culpability for mass murder. Their Government research center for investigating Holocaust-era crimes works unceasingly to divert blame to anyone other than the Lithuanian perpetrators. Holocaust-era crimes are portrayed as something caused by the Soviet and Nazi forces that alternately controlled Lithuania. And when the facts show that a Lithuanian was a perpetrator, the agency acts as the perpetrator’s zealous defense counsel, trivializing homicide and suggesting that the perpetrator had “redeeming” qualities.
And this behavior is not limited to the state agency supposedly charged with investigating the Holocaust. Lithuanian prosecutors have gone so far as to accuse Jewish victims as perpetrators. Moreover, although the outside world recognizes that only one genocide occurred in Lithuania, Lithuanian nationalists created a “Genocide Museum” that promotes the theory that the only real victims of genocide in Lithuania were ethnic Lithuanians.
In this light, what should be made of Lithuania’s periodic assertions of “regret” that its Jewish population was wiped out in 1941 — without stating who actually wielded the axes, iron bars, and shovels and, when they had guns, pulled the triggers?
With the barest minimum of effort, Lithuania blithely signs promises and twists the truth in order to be accepted by potential European partners. Example: https://www.holocaustremembrance.com/statements/ihra-statement-rehabilitation.
This statement was signed by Ingrida Vilkiene, the author of “MEMORY ROAD 1941 — 2021 project” and Ronaldas Racinskas who is responsible for education at Lithuania’s “Tolerance Centers”. His idea of Holocaust education is encapsulated in his response to a student inquiry about Lithuania’s Holocaust perpetrator heroes, Skirpa and Noreika, in which he said: “all claims you mentioned are total fake”. Education indeed! Lithuanian education depends on the image they try to project to outsiders. Facts are to be denied, and official “truths” are not to be disturbed. Indeed, under Lithuanian law, a person can be prosecuted criminally and civilly for mentioning the homicidal actions of a Holocaust perpetrator.
For Holocaust Remembrance Day 2021, Lithuania signed a broad European statement opposing Holocaust denial and revisionism. As the worst offender of Holocaust fraud, Lithuania shows again that they have no use for authenticity, truth, morality, or national pride.
The Lithuanians had no intention of honoring any of these agreements, in spite of not even a modicum of pretense. Which “international agreements” does the west then expect Lithuania to uphold?
To commemorate the anniversary of the start of Lithuania’s slaughter of their Jews, Lithuania has a program “Memory Road 1941-2021”.
They say they will march in memory of their “lost Jews”, (only because those Jews are safely dead).
They say they will visit the over 200 mass murder sites in Lithuania.
They say that Lithuanian Jews will be welcomed with open arms.
Lithuanian Jews are not lost, they are twisted and stacked within those Lithuanian death pits. Ironically, the missing “lost” Jews are directly under their feet. Certainly, Lithuania will never be able to “find” their “lost Jews”.
The ultimate cruelty was the Lithuanian volunteers making Jews dig mass graves for their own children, their parents and themselves. They could see the heaving mounds of dead and dying Jews ready to welcome the next round of bodies, including their own.
Lithuanians will portray their visits to Jewish death pits as remorse. Nothing can be further from the truth.
As Lithuanians are walking to, and picnicking in the killing fields, they will proudly march past monuments for the murderers of the forever silenced Jews. Holocaust perpetrators such as Noreika, Baltusis, Brazaitis, Skirpa, and many, many more will be visited by modern Lithuanians who will grovel in gratitude and honor them for their ethnic cleansing of Lithuania.
Jewish victims of the mass slaughter will once again be used by Lithuanians as lifeless props to support the misinformation campaign of lies. This is a pitiful attempt to change the international perception of Lithuania as a nation of “volunteer Jew-shooters”.
The puppet-show of feigned mourning fools no-one who has caught even just a glimpse of Lithuanian duplicity. Lithuania’s honoring of Holocaust perpetrators is savage, disgusting, and utterly demeaning to genuine heroes such as Yitzhak Arad. The choice of their heroes is a stark statement of Lithuanian national ethics and values.
It is obvious that there is no acknowledgment by Lithuania of their national crimes and Jew-hatred. No responsibility is taken for the slaughter of almost all of Lithuanian Jewry. Only 3.4% of a once-flourishing Jewish community managed to stagger out of the death camps, death pits and underground bunkers.
Lithuania has no genuine remorse, their ridiculous platitudes and pompous solemnity are a show put on to grovel for tourist dollars (especially Jewish American and Israeli money). No decent human being should fall for their charade any longer.
Their March Of The Living is impeded by the unseen souls of the hundreds of thousands of Jews who were murdered by the current Lithuanian national heroes. May the memory of our families be a blessing and may the memory of those that Lithuania chooses as their heroes be a curse.