When they’re afraid to publish in Balbíreshok, just bring it here…
Olga Zabludoff’s Open Letter to South African Litvaks, too hot for the South African Jewish Report, now appears here
LITHUANIA TRIBUNE: SERGEJUS KANOVIČIUS EXPOSES DIVERGENT TEXTS (ENGLISH VS LITHUANIAN) IN STATE ARCHIVE’S NEW VILNA GHETTO EXHIBIT
David Bankier’s Holocaust Testimonials from Provincial Lithuania. Efraim Zuroff’s review.
Grant Arthur Gochin’s Malice, Murder, and Manipulation: One Man’s Quest for Truth.
Keith Morgan’s Ruta’s Closet. Interview with the author.
Commission’s renewal comes with new defamation of Dr. Yitzhak Arad, former director of Yad Vashem. major scholar, and Holocaust survivor
ON JEWISH COMMUNITY’S SITE. IN RUSSIAN: DH; LZB; Obzor.lt; Reporter; Shofar7.com
Yitzhak Arad’s paper covering the Commission’s role, government obfuscation of the Holocaust and the history of the Holocaust in Lithuanian sources
Commission’s website features the Prague Declaration and promotes Double Genocide; its chairman urged his country to adopt PD. Website defames Vilnius Holocaust survivor Prof. Pinchos Fridberg for having corrected an error. Still no public condemnation of the defamation of its own founding member Yitzhak Arad (or of Dr. Rachel Margolis and Joseph Melamed)
Renewed Red-Brown Commission, funded by government, has members from the Genocide Center, the parliamentary state security committee, scholars who have tried to mitigate the Nazi loyalties and Holocaust collaboration of the 1941 Lithuanian Activist Front (LAF) and Provisional Government, and, shockingly for Holocaust survivors (and under political pressure) — Yad Vashem
Resignations from the Commission (& associated bodies) on principle include Dr. Yitzhak Arad, Sir Martin Gilbert, Professor Gershon Greenberg, Professor Konrad Kwiet, Prof. Dov Levin
Commission Executive Director gives a very different spiel to Lithuanian audiences…
Are the Commission’s academic members aware of the body’s entanglement in the political imbroglio over demands for Russian compensation? Is the East European Holocaust being instrumentalized in a contemporary geopolitical context?
De-Obfuscating a Complicated Story into its Simple Core:
2013: Bernard Dichek in The Jerusalem Report. 2012: Efraim Zuroff in Haaretz. 2011: Danny Ben-Moshe’s film Rewriting History. 2010: Wendy Robbins on BBC World Service. 2010: Ricky Ben-David in the Jerusalem Post. 2010: Dovid Katz in the Guardian. 2009: Rafael Aaren in Haaretz. 2008: Arne Bengtsson in Baltic Worlds.
Survivors, Scholars and Public Figures Speak Out:
See: Yitzhak Arad ◊ Yehuda Bauer ◊ Danny Ben-Moshe ◊ Gordon Brown ◊ Abraham Cooper ◊ Pinchos Fridberg ◊ Sir Martin Gilbert ◊ Clemens Heni ◊ John Mann ◊ Jonathan Freedland ◊ Lord Janner ◊ Leigh Phillips ◊ Leyzer Ran Family ◊ Tessa Rajak ◊ Heidemarie Uhl ◊ Efraim Zuroff ◊ More voices of Holocaust Survivors
BY STEALTH BOMBER OUT OF THE EAST, UNDER THE RADAR
One of the demands of the 2008 Prague Declaration is “approved” by the US
Are US officials aware of the 2012 Seventy Years Declaration response?
Holocaust Survivors from Lithuania Propose a Simple Honesty Test for Gala Sutzkever Events in Vilnius
TRANSLATION PRIZE SAGA; OPINIONS OF HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS; THE PATTERN OF DOUBLE GAMES; 2012 SLSer SADDENED THAT MILAN CHERSONSKI WAS DROPPED FROM FACULTY. WAS HIS MESSAGE UNACCEPTABLE? SEE MILAN CHERSONSKI SECTION.
UK: GLASGOW, LEEDS, LIVERPOOL, LONDON, MANCHESTER, NEWCASTLE IN JULY 2013
Film’s website ◊ Reviews ◊ Seventy Years Declaration (SYD) ◊ SYD debates ◊ SYD text ◊ in European languages ◊ Danny Ben-Moshe
A European Battle for Memory — and for Human Rights
Racism, antisemitism and homophobia in high places: Zeppelinus is key official at the Economy Ministry; Doesn’t like our editor…
Milan Chersonski on young Lithuanian anti-fascists who speak up against the glorification of Holocaust perpetrators
Dovid Katz in Hope not Hate on glorification of Nazi war criminals by an EU/NATO government and the same country’s neo-Nazis
Efraim Zuroff in The Times of Israel on a Latvian celebration of the anniversary of… the 1941 Nazi invasion
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German and Estonian Presidents in Photo-op at “Double Genocide” Shrine in Tallinn
Tallinn photo-op with red-brown backdrop: Estonian president Toomas Hendrik Ilves (left) with German president Joachim Gauck (Postimees—Erik Peinar). The modernist sculptural salute to red-brown equivalence, in the heart of an EU capital, showcases the curious supposed equality of the perpetrators and the liberators of Auschwitz. More red-brown iconography here.
A Vilnius Library with an Agenda?
Official invitation of the “Vilnius Jewish Public Library” to recent event glorifying the “Red-Brown Commission” without a single critic of the commission included in the panel. Geoff Vasil’s eyewitness report. The evening of elite Red-Brown Commission worship featured two top Commission operatives.
Previous event at “Jewish Library” included featured speaker from the antisemitic Genocide Center who the previous week (in the mainstream Lithuanian media) publicly belittled the Holocaust history of “Israeli [he means: Jewish] scholars” in his attempt to sanitize the LAF/PG 1941 killers of Lithuanian Jewry. English translation of his interview; Geoff Vasil replied in Defending History.
See section on the Library
IS THE “JEWISH” LIBRARY STILL COURTING NAIVE FOREIGNERS AND ‘USEFUL JEWISH IDIOTS’ IN ZINGERIAN RED-BROWN CAMPAIGN?
From the Red-Brown Commission’s website:
Commission’s executive director calls beloved Vilnius Holocaust survivor a “liar” on Commission’s website; Exec director’s performance in Riga; at Seimas (for a different audience…); in Rewriting History.