by Dovid Katz
According to Lithuanian media reports, the nation’s parliament (Seimas) will be declaring the year 2021 to be dedicated to the memory of, among others, Juozas Lukša (Daumantas).
29 June: Cnaan Liphshiz reports in JTA. Seimas posts unanimous agreement to agenda item and consideration of specific proposal for 2021 to be dedicated exclusively to Mr. Lukša’s memory. American-Lithuanian academic launches glorification campaign without a word about 1941. See the late Leonidas Donskis’s 2010 reply to his earlier attempts & Nida Visiliauskaite’s comment;
30 June: Seimas declares year to honor Lukša (91 for, one abstention, none opposed).
Let us assume for the sake of argument that the identification of Mr. Lukša (Luksha) as one of the brutal murderers of defenseless Jewish neighbors in an infamous photo of the Kaunas Garage Massacre of June 1941, best known from Joseph Melamed’s 1999 Crime and Punishment, published by the Association of Lithuanian Jews in Israel, is erroneous. Then, that the reference in the text to Mr. Lukša (p. 38), and a photo with other alleged collaborators (p. 105), are likewise mistaken.
Let us even assume that there is no proof for the details of the following text from Holocaust survivor Aleks Faitelson, in his classic memoir The Truth and Nothing But the Truth: Jewish Resistance in Lithuania (Gefen Publishing House 2006, p. 34):