Defending History’s Eyewitness Report on Kaunas, February 16, 2015




Wiesenthal Center – Defending History Team of 12 Monitors & Protests Kaunas Independence Day Neo-Nazi March

UPDATE:

Lithuanian Jewish Community Issues Statement on Feb. 20th

MARCH FEATURED LONG SERIES OF FASCIST-STYLE TAUNTS OF LIETUVA LIETUVIAMS  (“LITHUANIA FOR [ETHNIC] LITHUANIANS”) ALONG WITHSWASTIKAS, OTHER FASCIST SYMBOLS AND A HUGE BANNER OF THE 1941 NAZI PUPPET PM WHO COLLABORATEDIN THE DESTRUCTION OF HIS CITY’S CITIZENS WHO WERE JEWISH. MAYOR’S OFFICE GAVE PERMITS FOR CITY CENTER TRAVESTY ON NATION’S INDEPENDENCE DAY.

ZERO PUBLIC REACTION FROM GOV. OFFICIALS OR DOMESTIC HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS.  THE WIESENTHAL CENTERDEFENDING HISTORY AND THE COUNTRY’S JEWISH COMMUNITY TO DATE THE ONLY PUBLIC VOICES.

Monitoring team was a project of the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Israel office in partnership with the Vilnius-based Defending History team.

Dozen protesters (vs. a march of up to 500) included five members of Lithuanian Jewish community (in private capacity), but no sign of anyBagels or other funded antisemitism (or human rights) monitors.  

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AFTER THE EVENT:  JTA; Newsru.com;  15min.lt;  Alfa.lt;  Balsas.lt;  Delfi.lt;  Enlacejudío.com;  EuropaUniversal;  Faktai.lt;  FB;  Forward;  ICEJ;  Info.smi;  Interfax;  International Business Times;  Israel Nachrichten;  Jerusalem Post; JP (2); Jewish Community of Lithuania;  Kauno diena;  Lrt.lt;  Lrytas.lt;  Obzor;  Newsru.co.il;  News02elf;  Radiojai.com.ar;  RT;  Shalom Life;  Simon Wiesenthal Center;  Strategic Culture Foundation;  Times of Israel (French edition);  Vilniaus diena;  Ztis.cz.

RUN-UP TO THE EVENT:  i24; Defending History (+ DH correspondence with mayor’s office; + SWC’s letter to the mayor).

PHOTO COLLECTIONS:  Julius Norwilla; 15min.lt;  Delfi.lt;  Facebook;  Kauno diena;  Lrytas.lt;  Vilniaus diena.

VIDEOS:  Lrytas.tv;  Lrt.lt.

NEO-NAZI & FAR-RIGHT  REACTIONDavidDuke.com;  Daily Slave.com;  LDiena.lt;  LtNacionalistas;  Nationalist Youth Union;  J. Panka;  Stormfront; Vyrud.livejournal;  Zeppelinus 1Zeppelinus 2 + Zeppelinus 3.   But who is Zeppelinus?

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