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Honest Mistake at the Irish Embassy in Vilnius



OPINION  |  TOURISM  |  IRELAND  | VILNIUS JEWISH LIFE  |  LITVAK AFFAIRS

Even august embassies of great nations can make mistakes, as this publication pointed out here in Vilnius last summer with reference to the German and Israeli embassies. Although the numbers are very different, Ireland stands with South Africa as rarefied home to a Jewish diaspora with a Litvak heritage majority (Litvaks comprised only around a quarter of East European Jewry on the eve of the Holocaust). When people come to seek out their Litvak roots, and especially when their own embassy is involved in the planning and timetable of their visit, it is a matter of simple integrity that the visitors be exposed to more than just a government-sponsored non-democratic “fake-election” Jewish community leadership (that many local Jews regard as “the Jewish PR department of the government”). What is worse, without ever being told of the existence of the democratically elected Vilnius Jewish Community, which represents the approximately 2,200 Jewish residents of Vilnius, nowadays constituting an overwhelming majority of Jewish citizens in Lithuania.

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Text of Irish Ambassador Dónal Denham’s 2008 Speech at Brantsovsky Reception is Released for the Record



DOCUMENTS  |  IRELAND  |  BLAMING THE VICTIMS?

Nearly a decade after MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAHE Dónal Denham’s 3 June 2008 historic reception for Fania Brantsovsky, a hero of the Holocaust-era anti-Nazi Jewish partisan resistance in Lithuania, held at the Irish Ambassador’s Residence in Vinius, the text of his speech has been released. It appears below. See our report on the June 2008 event. Historical note: Defending History believes it was the first time since collapse of the Soviet Union that Western embassies in one of the new democracies saw a need to honor a person who was being unjustly targeted by state prosecution services and other national elites. The American, Austrian, British, French, German, Norwegian and other embassies followed the Irish lead. 

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Ireland’s Ambassador Donal Denham Hosts a Reception for Fania Yocheles Brantsovsky at his Residence in Vilnius


The Embassy of Ireland in Lithuania issued a certificate of lifetime achievement to Fania Yocheles Brantsovsky, signed by HE Ambassador Dónal Denham, who presented the award at a reception today at the ambassador’s residence. Ambassador Denham’s speech concluded with the words: ‘Fania is one brave woman! You are a beautiful person, a special person, an inspiration to us all.’

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