International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, an intergovernmental organization of 42 countries, released this video on November 8, identifying Lithuania as a Holocaust distortion state, showcasing Jonas Noreika. Noreika is only one of many Holocaust perpetrators Lithuania designates their national heroes.
The entirety of the Government of Lithuania, their Courts, Public Prosecutor, President and Prime Minister all participated in this conspiracy of Holocaust denial and fraud. In 2019 their National Security Threat Assessment included the absurd claim that truth about history is a national threat to the state.
The Government of Lithuania threatened me with criminal and constitutional charges for identifying their Holocaust distortion. In 2015 they stated that those opposing their Holocaust frauds were “Agents of the East, Jews, and other stupid people”.
Lithuania’s outreach to Jews has been dishonest. They place warm friendly faces in front of Jews – seeking tourism and investment, while holding fast to their honoring of Holocaust perpetrators. Jews that have fallen for these deceptions remain either ignorant, quislings, or have an unknown hidden agenda. It is Jews that have allowed Lithuania to continue along this path by not holding Lithuania to account (we have no genuine expectations of Lithuania). The only public NGO’s that have maintained long term public education programs to identify Lithuania’s national ideology, are Efraim Zuroff of Simon Wiesenthal Center and Dillon Hosier of ICAN.
Lithuania’s national history is a lie, their outreach to Jews is a lie. Their participation in Holocaust memorials are a lie designed to rehabilitate their public image, while festooning Holocaust perpetrators with national honors. The platitudes they offer to Jews that they will look sincerely at their history and begin to tell the truth about who perpetrated the Holocaust in Lithuania are disingenuous, and never happen. They continuously manipulate eager Jewish audiences.
For Jews, Lithuania represents death. Denial is the 10th stage of genocide. On the anniversary of Kristallnacht, November 8, 2021, forty two national governments, including USA, Israel, Germany and UK have finally, formally identified Lithuania as emblematic of Holocaust distortion.
Lithuania never punished a single Holocaust perpetrator, instead, they converted them into national heroes. I submitted three separate requests to the Lithuanian Public Prosecutor to charge the head of Lithuania’s Genocide Center with Holocaust denial. All were summarily refused. Lithuania has a chance to reverse course. They can revoke the pensions of Holocaust revisionists in government employment, revoke national honors awarded to these Holocaust revisionists, and prosecute them criminally under Lithuania’s hollow Holocaust denial laws. Lithuania fought hard against punishing murderers of Jews, we shall see if they will ever punish those that murdered the truth. I am certain that Lithuania will maintain their current course, double down on their historical frauds, and honor their government employed Holocaust deniers. After all, Holocaust distortion was, and continues to be their assigned task.
There is no longer any possibility of Lithuania denying the deliberateness of their Holocaust frauds. The public record of being exposed, denial, intimidation, and more historical fraud is so comprehensive, that Lithuania’s only rational path is to now tell the truth, apologize, and begin to educate their own population of the genuine facts. Truth from Lithuania will not be voluntary, it will mean they have finally capitulated. It will also not be sincere. It will be because all other doors have finally closed to them. Lithuania has exposed itself by the duration of their war on truth and the depths they have plumbed. They have also exposed the disingenuity of their stated war on disinformation given the extent of their own war on factual information.
Future governments will not be able to so easily commit historical fraud. Lithuania’s international exposure makes future genocide distortion more difficult for others to replicate. Only 0.04% of Lithuanians rescued Jews during the Holocaust. We hope that IHRA’s holding Lithuania to account will incentivize others to rescue more victims during future genocides, and hold future human rights perpetrators to account.
Lithuania will need to make a grand gesture to Jews to repent for their consistent ridiculous assertions. If, after having told comprehensive truth, the only conceivable gesture is for the Lithuanian Government to revoke the decree (which still stands) by their national hero, Kazys Skirpa. This decree required the ethnic cleansing of Jews from Lithuania. Lithuania should beg all Jews of Lithuanian heritage to again accept the restoration of Lithuanian citizenship, along with a comprehensive apology for their Holocaust lies.
Truth should equal history, not distort or lie, and continuing to propagandize. The government of Lithuania has never yet shown integrity, it is unimaginable they will start now. It will only be willing Jews that will continue to be deceived by their future forced regrets.
It is unfortunate it has taken such effort to show Lithuania that murdered Jews DO matter and that truth IS relevant. It will take another generation before there can be trust building between Jews and Lithuania.