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Undermining international education

The Victims of Communism Museum in Washington DC has a stated mission: To educate future generations about the ideology, history, and legacy of communism.”

Every academic institution and museum works on some trust – trust that supposedly legitimate governments and institutions are submitting accurate information. And so it was likely assumed by the Victims of Communism Museum that Lithuania would submit accurate information. Trusting the untrustworthy is likely to corrupt any organization’s mission, and America’s newest national museum has probably been duped.

The following Facebook post by the Lithuanian Embassy in USA is of great concern:

Center of academic fraud

The Lithuanian Genocide and Resistance Research Center (also known as The Genocide Center or LGGRTC) has been proven many times to be a center of academic fraud, Holocaust denial, Holocaust revision, and Holocaust inversion. Their research does not usually concern itself with facts; rather, their findings are often creative fiction.

History is not written by the victors, but by those who are skilled at creatively interpreting documentation. Lithuania’s Genocide Center is particularly skilled at negating documents, inverting their meaning, denying their existence, substituting forgeries for originals, and massively reinterpreting historical facts. Kafka and Orwell could have taken master classes from the experts in Lithuania. Lithuanians learned lessons from Soviets and mastered them.

This link is the listing of my own litigation in Lithuania exposing the pervasive rewriting of Lithuania’s history by the Genocide Center, with the collusion of the Lithuanian Government, Courts and other entities.

Their tactics of deception

In 2015, nineteen of Lithuania’s leading intellectuals (including one of Lithuania’s own Member of the European Parliament) signed a petition to ask the Genocide Center to tell the truth about a Holocaust perpetrator – Jonas Noreika, who was the all-powerful ruler of western Lithuania when the Jews in the area were thrown out of their homes, crammed in temporary concentration camps, and then methodically murdered. The Genocide Center responded by publicly labeling the nineteen as “agents of the east” (Russian agents), “Jews, and other stupid people.”

The Lithuanian Museum of Occupation and Freedom Fights has engraved on its exterior walls the names of Holocaust murderers as examples of Lithuanian national heroes. It is no more an academically legitimate museum than North Korea’s Sinchon Museum of American War Atrocities. There is some truth among the exhibits, but lots and lots of lies.

The Government of Lithuania has turned this museum into a national profit center by renting out the sections where Jews were held pending their murder (when it was the Gestapo headquarters) to be used as movie sets for vendors such as Netflix. They also rent cells to thrill seekers for overnight stays. Lithuania has a long record of renting out concentration camps for Jews, and killing fields (like the VII Fort) for Lithuanian weddings, children’s parties, and other happy events. In Lithuania, it is buyer beware. (Netflix and other location scouting companies should just avoid this country entirely).

International objections

The granddaughter of the Lithuanian Holocaust perpetrator who murdered my own family, who has been rewritten into a rescuer of Jews by the Genocide Center, has released an expose of the Lithuanian methodology of historical inversion in her book titled Storm in the Land of Rain: A Mother’s Dying Wish Becomes Her Daughter’s Nightmare, (He called himself General Storm when he tried to lead a rebellion against the Communists in 1946, and Lietuva (Lithuania) means Land of Rain). She proves that Lithuania’s research is merely a superficial sham in order to place an academic veneer over historical fraud.

Many entities have voiced their staunch disapproval of the Lithuanian Government’s Holocaust deceptions, via its Genocide Center. The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, the US State Department, the US Congress, Lithuania’s own Presidential Commission, Simon Wiesenthal Center, American Jewish Committee, the Lithuanian Jewish Community, the European Jewish Congress, the World Jewish Congress and many more.

US Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA), senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, wrote to the Lithuanian Prime Minister on September 25, 2019, complaining of “misstatements of fact and misuse of US Congressional documents in your government’s efforts to address the Holocaust in Lithuania.” These statements to which he refers were made by Lithuania’s Genocide Center. Their only response was to call Congressman Sherman a “politician” and to claim that Lithuanian government employees know more about the operation of Congress than do members of Congress. Lithuania has since maintained their “misrepresentations” and never again responded to Congressman Sherman. Lithuania has no intention of ever being truthful.

The Genocide Center tolerates no dissent from their ideological fraud. Opposition receives swift intimidation. I was threatened with criminal and constitutional charges for submitting a historical study exposing the crimes of one of their national heroes, Jonas Noreika, who was responsible for murdering approximately 100 of my own family members.

Leadership of the Genocide Center

The leadership of the Genocide Center is morally bankrupt. The current leader, Dr. Arunas Bubnys is a far right nationalist who ran for public office under the guise of rewriting history to cleanse the record of Holocaust perpetrators.

The prior leader of the Genocide Center, Adas Jakubauskas was so blatantly obvious in his re-writing of history (rather than trying to do it subtly), that Lithuania was unable to maintain his employment and fired him.

The director prior to that was named Terese Birute Burauskaite – the most blatant re-writer of history of all, who on December 27, 2019 stated: “History Education Not Important, Belief in Research Results Is.”

A prior director of the Genocide Center, Arvydas Anusauskas, who currently serves as Lithuania’s Defense Minister is a known antisemite and re-writer of history who tried to invert the Holocaust by claiming Jews were war criminals for defending themselves.

Whistle blowers within the Genocide Center have spoken to the press about how ideology is enforced in their historical findings and that their tasks are “historical wars,” not fact finding.

Targets of the deception

American institutions are likely unaware that the Genocide Center is an ideological entity dedicated to falsifying history, and has no relationship with a truthful accounting of history. A number of academic institutions have cut ties with them, having cited their deliberate falsifications of history. It would be very difficult for any museum to discern what is credible data from the Genocide Center, and what should be rejected. As of this time, there have been no efforts to reform the Lithuanian Genocide and Resistance Research Center, with the only appropriate response being that all data from them should be automatically rejected as unreliable, unless verified by outside academia.

Decades of American education efforts into the Holocaust and the Soviet era should not be allowed to be subverted by a known government misinformation department. It would be a tragedy to allow Lithuania to destroy the immense work that has gone into building the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation. The Embassy of Lithuania in Washington DC is excruciatingly aware of the issues with the Genocide Center, and that they have gone along with inserting a known fraudulent entity into American academia destroys their own credibility. A choice they knowingly made.

All museums and educational institutions around the world should be aware of the pervasive efforts of the Lithuanian government to miseducate our populations. By allowing Lithuania’s Genocide and Resistance Research Center to educate our citizenry, we are doing the exact opposite of the Victims of Communism Museum mission – we are miseducating future generations.

Caught red-handed

Lithuania has recast its actual, uncomfortable history of the torture, pillage, rape, and murder of defenseless civilians into a history of heroism and valor. It is breathtakingly dishonest.

In the worst nightmares of the Lithuanian Government, they never contemplated anybody would care enough about murdered Jews that they would pursue their lies, year after year, in every accessible forum in the world. Lithuania believed that if they told their lies enough times, and enforced them strongly enough through intimidation tactics, and by making the financial cost of seeking truth almost impossible, their fairy tales would become the new truth. Lithuania never anticipated any individual would, or could expose them and hold them to account in front of the world.

Lithuania’s legal strategy of dismissing every case on tenuous technicalities, without examining any of the facts, has enabled me to take my case to the United Nations. The facts have been exposed, the world is aware, and Lithuania has placed itself on legal record. They did not recognize that each new appeal I submitted was an opportunity for them to tell the truth. Rather, each time they doubled down on their open and deliberate fraud.

Lithuania seemingly has no exit strategy. If they now tell the world the truth, they show that their judiciary is corrupt, and that the entirety of their government colluded in the fraud. If they maintain their facade, they have no credibility. They have backed themselves into a corner entirely of their own making. Instead of being self reflective and regretful, they are instead lashing out against those who exposed their fraud.

Lithuanian historical fraud was deliberate. It was not a mistake. It was not perpetrated by one miscreant individual or department; it was a collusion between the Presidency, Prime Minister’s office, Parliament, Public Prosecutor, the Courts, and the Genocide Center. Nobody did this to them. All I have done is expose their actions.

Samuel Johnson famously said that patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel. In this context, Lithuania attacks anyone who exposes the truth about glorified Holocaust perpetrators as “Kremlin operatives” who seek to undermine the Lithuanian state. Indeed, I have been called a Russian agent both on the floor of their Parliament and by their diplomats. Such ad hominem attacks show that they really have no substantive responses. It is what during the Watergate Scandal would have been called “non-denial denials.” But, what else do they have?

Lithuanian historical fraud

It goes back to the perpetrators who fled Lithuania in 1944 with the retreating Nazis and lied about their role in the war to win visas and citizenships in naïve Western countries. Had the perpetrators admitted what they had done, they would have been tried as war criminals, rather than allowed to live out their lives in safety and comfort. Their fanciful tales with gaping holes regarding their actions between 1941 and 1944, have been willingly and uncritically picked up by the post-Soviet government and become the foundation of a wall of denial.

Facts are stubborn things

As John Adams noted, facts are stubborn things. The children smashed against trees, the women kept alive for a few weeks as sex slaves, the religious Jews whose beards were ripped out, none of these were communists. They were targets of opportunity. To elevate such cowardly perpetrators to the level of truly brave victims of communism is morally reprehensible and an utter disgrace to the victims of Lithuania’s very much hands-on role in the Holocaust. Lithuania should not be allowed to export their fraud to American intuitions. It is up to institutions such as the Victims of Communism Museum and every other educational institution in the world to perform their own due diligence as to the legitimacy of Lithuanian academia, and to refuse any collaboration with known thugs.

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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