Critiques of the Red-Brown Commission
Page on the Commission is here. DefendingHistory section on the Commission is here.
Holocaust Survivors expressed grave concerns about the Commission at its inception in 1998. As PDF. See also 1998 letter of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.
Sir Martin Gilbert resigned in 2008:
‘The fact that the “International Commission for the Evaluation of the Crimes of the Nazi and Soviet Occupation Regimes in Lithuania” established by the President (chaired by E. Zingeris), did not publicly defend its own member Yitzhak Arad, or the other Jewish anti-Nazi partisans, is also surprising.’
Karen Sutton, professor of history at Touro College in New York, in her The Massacre of the Jews of Lithuania (see Recent Books → 2008; Background → 2008):
‘Despite a number of half-hearted measures and ill-conceived historical commissions, contemporary Lithuania has much soul-searching to do to come to terms with what happened [....]‘ (p 209); ‘Both the historical commission and the lethargy of the Lithuanian Department of Justice on the issue of alleged war criminals have elicited an enormous outpouring of opposition from the Lithuanian Jewish survivor community and — “symmetrically” — tacit approval of the general non-Jewish population’ (p 211).
Professor Dov Levin demanded removal of his name in 2008:
2011: Commission’s understanding of “Holocaust Studies” revealed at the Lithuanian parliament in the speech of its executive director / director general.
Professor Konrad Kwiet resigned in 2011:
28 August 2012. DefendingHistory.com: ‘Yad Vashem shocks Holocaust survivors by rejoining Lithuanian government’s “red-brown commission”’.
31 August 2012. Lietuvos rytas: ‘Taking an interest in Nazi and Soviet crimes is a response to Russian propaganda’. English translation. DefendingHistory.com comments.
3 September 2012. DefendingHistory.com: ‘English text of Joseph Melamed’s letter to Yad Vashem’.
3 September 2012. DefendingHistory.com: ‘Joseph Melamed, head of Lithuanian Holocaust Survivors’ association, releases letter to director of Yad Vashem’.
3 September 2012. DefendingHistory.com: ‘Holocaust survivors, based in Tel aviv, issue statement on renewal of red-brown commission’.
21 November 2012. DefendingHistory.com: ‘When the politicians run the conferences on — history’ by Evaldas Balčiūnas.
21 November 2012. DefendingHistory.com: ‘Red-Brown circus in Lithuanian capital’.
26 December 2012. DefendingHistory.com: ‘Tell me I’m wrong’ by Geoff Vasil.
1 January 2013. DefendingHistory.com: ‘Instead of truth about the Holocaust — myths about saving Jews’ by Pinchos Fridberg.
15 January 2013. The Algemeiner: ‘Instead of truth about the Holocaust — Myths about saving Jews’ by Pinchos Fridberg.
17 January 2013. DefendingHistory.com: ‘Red-brown commission’s newest layer of obfuscation: Are names of members secret?
27 January 2013. US Researcher is Persuaded that the Problem in Lithuania is called “Zuroff and Katz” …
21 February 2013. Executive director of the red-brown commission calls prominent Vilnius Holocaust survivor a ‘liar’ on the commission’s website.
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