My cousins were murdered. At least 100 of them. No, not in the Holocaust, and not by Nazi’s, my cousins were murdered by their neighbors and supposed friends in Lithuania before the official start of the Holocaust, sometime around August 1941. The systematic extermination of the Jewish people was formalized by the German Government on January 20, 1942, after Lithuanians had almost completed their murder of their Jewish neighbors, including my family.
A heinous act routinely utilized by the murderers, was to grab an infant from the arms of his / her parents, and then, swing it around and smash its head against a tree, exploding the baby’s skull like a watermelon. This act was conducted in full view of the baby’s family and community in order to subdue Jews so that it would be easier to kill them. Jews would be in such a state of emotional horror and terror, that they would then become more compliant, and then murdering Jews en masse became a more efficient endeavor.
The slaying of my cousins was facilitated by the Nazi collaborator Jonas Noreika and his staff, Noreika’s granddaughter estimates that her grandfather was complicit in the slaughter of somewhere between 14,500 to 16,500 of his own Lithuanian co-citizens – Jews of course.
No country wants to admit that some of their leading citizens were murderers, thieves and monsters, and so the Government of Lithuania re-wrote their national history and converted Noreika into a national hero; Noreika is just one of many. Their rewriting of history is a deliberate fraud, committed thoughtfully, and implemented by a Lithuanian Government agency called the Genocide Center, where the work of 120 employees seemingly requires the rewriting of the history of the murders of Jews, by Lithuanians.
Over the past two decades I have appealed for the revelation of truth to the Lithuanian President, Lithuanian Supreme Court, National Security Department, Mayor of the capital city, and many other government departments. The response has been a wall of lies, deceit and fraud. Finally, I had no choice but to sue the government to establish the truth, and continue to hope that impartial, independent, honest Judges will rule on facts.
The current Government of Lithuania, which is a member state of the EU and of NATO, has been laid naked in its forceful intimidation of citizens that speak the truth. Truth tellers have been intimidated into silence, and the population has learned the lesson that truth is the enemy of the State.
International media reported on the Lithuanian Holocaust distortions. The documents from their own Lithuanian archives are clear on who was the perpetrator, and who were his victims; there is no doubt as to the deliberateness of the government Holocaust distortion strategy, so, on March 5, 2019, the government defended the only case they could, in front of their own Judges. The government chose to avoid a fact based defense about the persecution of their Jewish minority by Noreika, and argued that any opposing position would cause “embarrassment” to Lithuania. Their defense focused on procedural maneuvering.
The Government of Lithuania appealed that the Holocaust distortion trial be dismissed on the grounds that I have “no material interest” in the outcome. At least 100 of my Jewish cousins were murdered simply because they were Jews. The Lithuanian governments’ position is that we Jews have “no material interest” in seeking a truthful accounting of the murder of our families.
The government determined the time prescription to challenge their “interpretations” has expired, and therefore the case should be dismissed. One wonders if meeting their time constraints would also have required the victims to be resurrected from their death pits to stake their own claims. The claim may have had to be submitted within a given time frame. Unfortunately, our families were too busy starving, being beaten, herded into ghettos, and murdered, so it may have been difficult for them to present legal complaints to those that were murdering them, in a specified time frame.
The state defends their case on a point of law, procedure and jurisdiction. They are unable to defend on facts, simply because their case is indefensible if it were to be based on facts. In one instance, the Government did attempt to challenge on a fact. They claimed that a newspaper, issued during the genocide of our families which printed “Away with the Jews! from the smallest child to the old man, Away from Lithuania!” was not criminal to print ,and may have been subject to censorship. Censorship is an absurd claim given that local Lithuanians were not forced to publish this newspaper, had not chosen to burn it, had not regretted it, nor apologized for it. Furthermore, the Government then claimed that calling for destruction of Jews was not a criminal act in Lithuania during that time.
The government told the Court that if the Judges found that they had perpetrated “errors” about their history, it would require school textbooks to be re-written, which would be extremely costly. Therefore, truth becomes irrelevant since it would be too expensive to teach it to the Lithuanian youth.
The government claimed that demands to tell the truth could not be based on moral grounds (who cares about murdered Jews?) and that my seeking facts was simply me trying to damage Lithuania. This confirms the Lithuanian State Security Department and Defense Ministry’s assertion in their 2019 National Threat Assessment Report that telling the truth about the national history of Jew murder is a threat to the State. It appears inconceivable to them that anybody actually cares about murdered Jews.
The government claimed that a Court is not the place to determine facts about the mass murder of our families; they said the Governments’ positions should not be challenged, and that the Court should dismiss the case. The Government taking offense at being challenged and asking the court to defend it regardless of facts, is an insult to democracy, and an insult to the very concept of an independent Judiciary.
The government also stated that the international media focus on their Holocaust distortion is damaging the Lithuanian national image (they do not see their Holocaust distortion as damaging their image, ironically it is the reporting of the Holocaust distortion that they see as damaging). Speaking in the Lithuanian language to a Lithuanian court, the Government’s position was clear – the case should not see the light of day.
It was of particular note that the government did not present their prior defense which was that Noreika was “completely innocent” of any crimes, since he was not tried and convicted during his lifetime. Only when it was pointed out to the Lithuanian Government that their new standard exculpated both Hitler and Stalin of any crimes, did they drop that defense. Nonetheless, it showed the lengths to which the government would go to protect their local Jew murderers’.
Just a few days before the trial, speaking in English to a foreign audience, the Government presented a contradictory position. They said in English: “The Lithuanian Government shares Mr Gochin’s desire to establish the historical truth”. For their own countrymen, in their own language, their position is that Jews should not be able to seek truth and we have “no material interest” in the murder of our loved ones. To non-Lithuanian audiences, in other languages, they present a polished image of concern about truth. Diametrically opposed messages to different audiences. This proves that messages from their Embassies addressed to foreigners, are untrustworthy. When so nakedly exposed, how do they expect foreign investors to believe their next solicitation?
On the next Holocaust Memorial Day when the Lithuanian Government produce their annual “Holocaust regret show”, we will viscerally remind them that their government defended their Holocaust distortions in a court of law by representing that we have “no material interest” in what was perpetrated against our families. The truth of their annual scripted performance about regret have finally been unveiled.
On March 27, 2019, this Lithuanian court will issue their verdict on whether or not their own government has engaged in Holocaust distortion. Given that Lithuania believes that we Jews have “no material interest” in the truth about our families, what verdict should we expect?