Memory

Memory is fragile. After three generations, few living people recall a person who has died; memory is then composed of stories, legends or photographs that were passed down, or perhaps based on documentary evidence. In the best of circumstances, only a few snippets of reality remain. Those snippets serve the living. Snippets can be convoluted, re-imagined, and mangled to meet the needs of the one who remembers.

The person remembered has no possibility to protest the revisionism that has been created; their memory becomes a plot in someone else’s story, commonly to invent a new narrative so that those who remember will benefit. Exhuming genuine memory from the grave is difficult. First the layers that were used to cover up the deceased must be removed, and when the truth about the dead person is exposed, all of those who created a false narrative are threatened. The evil the deceased committed may have been reinterpreted as good. Conversely, the good may have been reinterpreted as evil, or, perhaps, the evil was simply buried. Exhuming truth is often an undesirable activity. The living are the only ones that can speak for the dead.

Because of the memory created, the person continues to live. Those who have reached immortality through memory preservation include the Pharaohs of Egypt, biblical figures, and Adolph Hitler.

The great Soviet author, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, writes in The Gulag Archipelago 1918–1956: “We forget everything. What we remember is not what actually happened, not history, but merely that hackneyed dotted line they have chosen to drive into our memories by incessant hammering.” Therefore, we can see that a falsified history has been hammered into our memory by incessant repetition, not to tell truth about the dead, but to serve the living. The government of Lithuania created an entity called “Genocide and Resistance Research Centre of Lithuania” in order to implement Solzhenitsyn’s words, by rewriting Lithuanian Holocaust facts into a palatable memory. They relentlessly repeat blatant falsehoods and hammer it into the collective consciousness of the world. In order to perfect their narrative, they have employed several techniques:

  1. Presented known forgeries of documents as genuine
  2. Invented ingenious, but implausible, reasons for distrusting some eyewitness testimony
  3. Invented ingenious, but implausible, reasons for manufacturing new facts
  4. Attributing conclusions to sources that report the opposite
  5. Deliberately misinterpreting texts.

Lithuania has criminalized hate speech, but doesn’t prosecute it. They have criminalized the use of the swastika, but does not punish anyone for using it. Members of their parliament openly throw the Seig Heil salute during parliamentary sessions. Revisionism and substitution are the Lithuanian order of the day. Lithuania objects to Russia’s rampant historical revisionism. Ironically, they have an entire government department to implement their own revisionism. The Genocide Center is supposed to provide an intellectual veneer over their negation of history and creation of a new history. Furthermore, its purpose is to invert the factual documentary record. In doing so, they reframe explanations and tailor them to fit the newly created narrative, turning history into political propaganda.

The government’s work is not subject to peer review. Additionally, facts which refute government propaganda meet continual intimidation and threats of prosecution, or, the facts are simply ignored. Another tactic commonly used is to attack the credibility of any opposing academics. If facts cannot be silenced, the Government of Lithuania tries to speak so loudly that the opposing party is swiftly drowned out. In this fashion, some of the worst perpetrators of genocide in human history have been converted into saints, now meeting the fictional, Soviet style, approved storyline.

To every atrocity perpetrated by a Lithuanian, one can expect to hear the same predictable commentary: it never happened; the victim lies; the victim exaggerates; the victim brought it upon themselves; and in any case it is time to forget the past and move on. Lithuania shifts the blame, attempts to censor, distract from the truth, and manipulate their media. They have succeeded in trivializing the horrifying deeds of Lithuanians and exaggerating the deeds of others.

The Lithuanian government has a powerful voice. They are a member of NATO and of the European Union, and with such strength comes a greater need to name and define their desired reality. To this end, they have used the combined force of their Government and national courts to prevent and negate the presentation of facts about their Holocaust history. Disinformation and obstruction of truth have the ideological objective of exclusively defining Lithuanian victimhood, rather than the truth of both perpetrator and victim. To Lithuania, absence of incriminating evidence means that nothing happened, and incriminating evidence is only to be reinterpreted. Kafka has been reincarnated as the official Holocaust historian of Lithuania.

Lithuania has a rich tradition to guide its work. During its occupation by the USSR, the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU) attempted to ideologically and politically control the writing of both academic and popular history. Modern and contemporary history were generally composed according to the wishes of the CPSU, and Lithuanian historians were educated in these techniques. That generation, and those techniques continue to dominate in the current approved version of Lithuanian Holocaust revisionism. In this fashion, the victims are robbed of justice and due recognition of their suffering, and the living are robbed of a future free from the dangers of repeating past injustices.

Lithuania’s nemesis, Joseph Stalin wrote the very words that describe Lithuania’s current history policy: “It is not heroes that make history, but history that makes heroes.” Fortunately, there are brave Lithuanians who are standing up to confront truth and soon texts will be published that lay bare Lithuanian historical frauds. Ruta Vanagaite published “Our People” and in 2021 will release her book with Dr. Christoph Dieckmann: “How did it happen”. In 2021, Silvia Foti will release her book “The Nazi’s Granddaughter: How I Learned My Grandfather was a War Criminal”. Upon the release of these books, the Government of Lithuania will ramp up their deflecting accusations that Russia is rewriting history, and pretend that Foti, Vanagaite, and Dieckmann do not exist. They will again use the resources of their foreign ministry to tell Jews how much they are loved, while simultaneously invalidating crimes against Jews.

During the Holocaust, the facts are approximately as follows:

  • 1-2% of the Lithuanian population were active murderers
  • 0.04% of the Lithuanian population were rescuers
  • A very large percentage of the population participated in robbery and looting of Jewish property, the rest were bystanders.
  • 96.4% of Jews on the territory of Lithuania were murdered, primarily by Lithuanians.
  • One hundred percent – Since Lithuania’s historical revisionism program was first exposed to the world in 2011 by Evaldas Balciunas, 100% of involved government departments and courts have been complicit in the rewriting of Holocaust history.

Lithuania tries hard to reject its identity as a “Jew-shooter” nation. With a 100% government and Court effort to rewrite history, it cannot reject its identity as Holocaust revisionists.

Should Lithuania ever decide to be truthful, it has nonetheless created its own long term identity through its very deliberate actions. They will eternally be identified as Holocaust revisionists.

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. Personal site: https://www.grantgochin.com/ Silvia Foti’s "The Nazi's Granddaughter: How I Discovered My Grandfather was a War Criminal"will be relesed by Regnery History in English on March 9, 2021. Harper Collins Mexico will release Mi Abuelo: El General Storm ¿Héroe o criminal nazi? in September 2020.
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