Josifas Parasonis

Whom Does the “Lithuanian Jewish Community” Board Really Represent?



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by Josifas Parasonis

Professor Josifas Parasonis (Vilnius Gediminas Technical University) contributed this opinion piece in Lithuanian earlier today. This translation is provided by Defending History, with Prof. Parasonis’s consent, for our readers’ information (with hyperlinks provided by DH). In the event of any query arising, the Lithuanian version alone is authoritative. Prof. Parasonis is one of the twenty-one Vilnius Jewish Community council members elected on 24 May 2017. See also the letter signed by him and nineteen others, addressed to the Good Will Foundation last July, and, in reverse chronological order, Defending History’s section on Vilnius Jewish life. DH opinion pieces represent the views of the author.

Methods of authoritarian and obtuse governance, evident for many years in the management of the Lithuanian Jewish Community (LJC), have recently reached the public sphere. Despite the fierce resistance and brutal interference of the chairwoman of the LJC (and, until recently, of the Vilnius Jewish Community, too) Faina Kukliansky, the Vilnius Jewish Community (VJC) [on 24 May 2017] organized a general conference of Vilnius Jews according to all legal procedures — with, incidentally, record-high attendance — and elected its new council [of 21 members] democratically. But the notion that Jewish people solve their problems in a wise manner, although prevalent in society, demonstrably did not take root in this case. As a former deputy chairman of the LJC (2000–2005), I feel an obligation to share my thoughts on why this has happened. It seems to me that I have a moral right to share these thoughts.

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Vilnius Professor of Architectural & Civil Engineering Speaks Out on Sports Palace at the Old Piramónt (Šnipiškės) Jewish Cemetery


 


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by Josifas Parasonis

While serving as deputy chairman  of the Jewish Community of Lithuania in July and August of 2005 I participated in discussions at the Urban Development Department of the Vilnius City Municipality Administration regarding the construction of an apartment building near the Mindaugas Bridge. My own profession is civil engineering. Supported by representatives of the United States Senate, delegates of the American Jewish community demanded that the capital’s municipality halt the construction, as the site of the construction once used to be a Jewish cemetery.

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Dėl Vilniaus Sporto rūmų, esančių Šnipiškių žydų kapinių teritorijoje, funkcinės paskirties



Prof. Josifas Parasonis (Alfa.lt)

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Būdamas Lietuvos žydų bendruomenės pirmininko pavaduotoju (pagal profesija esu inžinierius-statybininkas), 2005 metais liepos-rugpjūčio mėnesiais dalyvavau Vilniaus miesto savivaldybės administracijos miesto plėtros departamente svarstant šalia Karaliaus Mindaugo tilto vykstančią gyvenamojo namo statybą. Jungtinių Valstijų žydų bendruomenės atstovai, palaikomi JAV Senato atstovų, pareikalavo, kad sostinės savivaldybė sustabdytų šią statybą, teigdami, jog šioje vietoje kadaise buvo žydų kapinės.

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