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Is Eastern European “Double Genocide” Revisionism Reaching Museums?



HISTORY  |  DOUBLE GENOCIDE  |  MUSEUMS  |  COLLABORATORS GLORIFIED

by Dovid Katz

This paper appeared today in Dapim: Studies on the Holocaust, published by Taylor and Francis.

ABSTRACT: In contrast to twentieth-century Holocaust Denial, the most recent assault on the narrative of the genocide of European Jewry has emanated from a sophisticated revisionist model known as Double Genocide, codified in the 2008 Prague Declaration. Positing “equality” of Nazi and Soviet crimes, the paradigm’s corollaries sometimes include attempts to rehabilitate perpetrators and discredit survivors. Emanating from pro-Western governments and elites in Eastern Europe in countries with records of high collaboration, the movement has reached out widely to the Holocaust Studies establishment as well as Jewish institutions. It occasionally enjoys the political support of major Western countries in the context of East-West politics, or in the case of Israel, attempts to garner (eastern) European Union support. The empirical effects to date have included demonstrable impact on museums, memorials and exhibits in Eastern Europe and beyond.

The demise of twentieth-century-style Holocaust denial in mainstream Western society is aptly symbolized by David Irving’s loss to Deborah Lipstadt in the London High Court in 2000. But around the same time, a new and more irksome method of writing the Holocaust out of history was emerging under the radar, this time without necessarily denying any of the historical events or a single death. Particularly in Eastern Europe, it was being forged with state funding and more subtle powers of persuasion in academia, the media, the arts and international diplomacy.

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In Reponse to the Media: 9 July 2016



Western Mainstream Media Fails to Mention that East European Allies of the West are Investing in Glorification of Hitler’s Local Collaborators

Huffington Post Piece on Stepan Bandera Worship in Ukraine Omits his Organization’s Responsibility for Hundreds of Thousands of Murders of Poles and Jews; Landmark Historical Book on Bandera Still Goes Unmentioned by Most Mass Media

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Another Holocaust-Obfuscating PR Bash at “Vilnius Jewish Public Library”



VILNIUS JEWISH PUBLIC LIBRARY | DOUBLE GAMES | RED-BROWN COMMISSION

VILNIUS—Yet again, the “Vilnius Jewish Public Library,” housed in exquisite city-center premises in a courtyard off the capital’s central Gedimino Boulevard, has been the base for a Holocaust-obfuscating event featuring stars of the state’s “Red-Brown Commission” who are dispatched far and wide to deny the existence of the state-sponsored “Double Genocide” campaign, to mitigate the campaign against Holocaust survivors, the efforts to glorify local collaborators, and to obscure entirely the Second Opinion expressed in the Seventy Years Declaration. Incredibly, the roster of invited speakers did not include Ms. Rūta Vanagaitė, author of Mūsiškiaithe new best-selling book on the Holocaust that has in effect revolutionized the country’s coming to terms with its Holocaust-era past. What is the “Jewish” Library afraid of?

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No Cover-Up at Auschwitz!



 

O P I N I O N

by Dovid Katz

The following text is the original draft, submitted on 20 January 2015 at the invitation of the London Jewish Chronicle. An edited version (processed with all courtesies to the author) appeared in the JC on 22 January. This version is posted here simply to emphasize the author’s belief that ceremonies at Auschwitz that do not address the current massive campaign by eastern EU states to downgrade and obfuscate the Holocaust are unwittingly part of a cover-up of the very unique historical phenomena they are meant to accurately preservce and pass on. The related issue of whether Russia’s leaders will be invited to the ceremonies has been analyzed in recent pieces by Efraim Zuroff and Pinchos Fridberg.


 

No Cover-Up at Auschwitz!

 
The heralded 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz approaches, amidst a grand oblivion to what is happening before our very eyes to the actual history of the Holocaust. If we fail to speak out about the irksome issues too, the pomp and circumstance ipso facto morph into an unsavoury cover-up.
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“Double Genocide” Snuck into Congress?



Did “Double Genocide” from the “Prague Declaration” Land Under the Radar in the United States Congress?

PAIN IS EXACERBATED AS PLOY COINCIDES WITH 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF D DAY EVENTS

stealth bomber
By stealth out of the East?

A Shock for Veterans, Holocaust Survivors & their Families: US Congress Approves Mixed Soviet-Nazi Commemoration Day in Line with 2008 “Prague Declaration”  (Text)

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Dan Stone’s “Goodbye to All That?” Has Discussion on Battle of the Declarations


Dan Stone’s new book, Goodbye to All That? A History of Europe Since 1945 (Oxford University Press, March 2014) has some discussion on the “Battle of the Declarations” in Europe: the Prague Declaration (“PD” of 2008) and the Seventy Years Declaration (“SYD” of 2012).

Each of the declarations has its own website: the PD at praguedeclaration.eu; SYD at: seventyyearsdeclaration.org. The SYD was produced as an initiative of Defending History, which has its (openly partisan) section on the Seventy Years Declaration, its text in European languages, and a page of critiques of the Prague Declaration. The SYD’s launch was greeted by the then Lithuanian foreign minister’s “moustache comparison” and his attack on the eight Lithuanian parliamentarians who had signed it. The 2012 documentary film Rewriting History focuses on the origins of the Seventy Years Declaration.

The following is a brief excerpt from Dan Stone’s Goodbye to All That? from page 281:

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Hungary Rewrites History



O P I N I O N

by Danny Ben-Moshe

This comment, republished here with the author’s permission, first appeared in the Jerusalem Post on 22 February 2014.


My 2012 documentary film Rewriting History tracked the emergence of “Double Genocide” and the rewriting of the history of the Holocaust in Lithuania.

The film warned that what was occurring in Lithuania was a harbinger of something that could become more widespread and ultimately mainstream in Europe, particularly in Eastern Europe. Unfortunately recent events in Hungary bear this out.

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World Union for Progressive Judaism “Fully Endorses” the Seventy Years Declaration (SYD)


LONDON—The World Union for Progressive Judaism released the following statement today, endorsing the Seventy Years Declaration (SYD). It also appears on the WUPJ website.

The news release, which was also circulated widely via the WUPJ’s emailed news reports, follows by half a year the SYD’s endorsement by Britain’s major Orthodox union, The United Synagogue, in the summer of 2013. [SYD text in European languages]


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Lithuania Propaganda Agency is On The Road Again



O P I N I O N

by Geoff Vasil

This opinion piece and eyewitness report by Geoff Vasil relates to the July 10th event in honor of the Red-Brown Commission held at the Vilnius Jewish Public Library. See related reports on the library’s instrumentalization as a PR platform for the Commission and the more or less contemporaneous announcement of the Commission’s resumed activities, in the absence of apologies to Yitzhak Arad, Pinchos Fridberg, and the other accused Holocaust survivors.


Attendees at the July 10, 2013 event to honor the “International Commission for the Evaluation of the Crimes of the Nazi and Soviet Occupational Regimes in Lithuania” were treated to speeches and plentiful Katz-bashing by (from right) Ronaldas Račinskas, Saulius Sužiedėlis and Ilya Lempertas.

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Films, Videos, Radio, Plays (completed or in progress to summer 2013)


See also: Defending History’s Film and Theatre section; recent films with Dr. Efraim Zuroff; films on rescuers.

• Rewriting History by Marc Radomsky and Danny Ben-Moshe: Reviews; 2013 USA screening tour; Facebook page; SYD site. Background of Prague Declaration, the resistance to which led to the film.

Prosecutors help neo-Nazis target women’s rights advocates (instead of standing with the victims); see also Lina Žigelytė’s essay.

• When Double Genocide means Single Genocide (Orwell?).

• BBC World Service’s Heart and Soul by Wendy Robbins (Dec. 2010).

•  Juergen Hobrecht’s new documentary on the Riga Ghetto.

BBC News The Battle for Memory by Tim Whewell (July 2008).

• Defending Holocaust History (release date: 23 September 2013).

• Saulius Beržinis and Ona Biveinienė on the Holocaust in Jurbarkas (Yurberik).

• Alicija Žukauskaitė’s An Elegy for Honey and Tar (on the Holocaust in Lithuania).

• Daiva Čepauskaitė’s Kaunas play, Day and Night.

• Liza ruft! 

• Assorted clips.


Major New Film About Rescuers:

• The Pit of Life and Torment, by Lilija Kopač, Danutė Selčinskaja, Algis Liutkevičius and Anatolijus Tetiušinas, based on the life story of Moyshe Kukliansky and his family.


Films focused on Dr. Efraim Zuroff, director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Israel office, and including the nexus of failure of certain governments to take seriously the prosecution of Nazi war criminals and the quest to distort history:

• CNN documentary featuring Efraim Zuroff in Lithuania: completed but never aired. . . Can it be rescued by a non-profit organization?

The Last Nazi Hunter, by Nitza Gonen, aired on Israeli television in 2012 [in Hebrew].

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Seventy Years Declaration


Seventy Years Declaration (image)

Didier Bertin Launches Seventy Years Declaration (SYD) in France; MP Marietta  Karamanli is most recent signatory
SYD IN 13 LANGUAGES; SYD SECTION; SYD’S LAUNCH & MEDIA
Question: But what was so wrong with the “Prague Declaration”?
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Monica Lowenberg’s Petition to the Lithuanian Ambassador to the UK, HE Asta Skaisgirytė-Liauškienė



The text of Monica Lowenberg’s petition that appeared today on Change.org. To sign please visit:

http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/he-ambassador-asta-skaisgiryt%C4%97-liau%C5%A1kien%C4%97-lithuanian-ambassador-london-uk-abandon-state-sponsored-anti-semitism-and-holocaust-obfuscation


Abandon state sponsored Antisemitism and Holocaust Obfuscation

  • To:
  • HE Ambassador Asta Skaisgirytė-Liauškienė
  • Lithuanian Ambassador for London, UK

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Seventy Years Declaration: Summary Coverage to 1 November 2012



The Seventy Years Declaration

Solemnly commemorates the Holocaust and reaffirms human rights of all people. Opposes the Prague Declaration and ‘Double Genocide’ politics. Rejects glorification of the Waffen SS of Estonia and Latvia and the Lithuanian Activist Front (LAF).

Lithuania’s foreign minister’s “moustache response” came within minutes of SYD’s release.

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TEXT AND LIST OF FOUNDING SIGNATORIES

PRESENTED TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

UPDATE: DOCUMENTARY FILM RELEASED

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Lithuanian Foreign Ministry Planning to (Ab)use EU Presidency to Push Red-Brown Politics


In spite of the repeated visible damage to Lithuania’s standing emanating from previous attempts, the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has now announced that red-brown politics in the service of Double Genocide would be one of the goals of its upcoming stint in the rotating presidency of the European Union.

There was diplomatic blood on the floor following the foreign ministry’s failed attempt to insinuate Double Genocide into the Stockholm Program in 2010 (reports here, here, and here).

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The Seventy Years Declaration (Lithuanian text)


2012 m. sausio 20 d.


 Septyniasdešimtmečio deklaracija

 Skirta Galutinio žydų klausimo sprendimo priėmimo Vanzė (Wannsee) konferencijoje septyniasdešimtosioms metinėms paminėti


Šiandien minint 70-ąsias oficialaus nacių vadovybės Galutinio žydų klausimo sprendimo priėmimo metines mes, žemiau pasirašiusieji,

 

Prisimename:

Nuolankiai ir su liūdesiu Galutinio žydų klausimo sprendimo planą, kuris formaliai įtvirtino ir industrializavo tuomet jau vykdytą žydų Holokaustą Europoje

Nacių ir jų talkininkų vykdomos visuotinio Europos žydų genocido kampanijos siaubą ir brutalumą

Kad masinis žydų naikinimas Europoje prasidėjo prieš pusę metų iki Galutinio žydų klausimo sprendimo plano priėmimo, per Operaciją „Barbarossa“ rytų fronte 1941 metais ir naciams užpuolus Sovietų sąjungą

Kad milijonai ne žydų tautybės žmonių nukentėjo nuo nacių valdžios ir nuo kitų tironijos formų Europoje antrojo pasaulinio karo metu;

 

Pripažįstame:

Kad nacių vykdyta žydų tautos naikinimo kampanija filosofine prasme, kokybiškai ir praktiškai iš esmės skiriasi nuo kitų represijos formų, tokių kaip stalinizmo siaubas, kurį žmonės Europoje patyrė antrojo pasaulinio karo metu, taip pat prieš ir po karo,

Nerimaujantys, kad Holokausto pamoka dar neišmokta, o tarptautinėje arenoje atsiranda vietos genocidui

Kilnumą žydų partizanų, išgyvenusių getus ir mirties stovyklas ir kovojusių su naciais bei jų sąjungininkais,

Europos valstybių pastangas atvirai pripažinti savo vaidmenį Holokausto istorijoje

Kad diskusija dėl genocido Europoje privalo vykti naudojant terminus, apibrėžtus 1948 m. Jungtinių Tautų konvencijoje dėl kelio užkirtimo genocido nusikaltimui ir baudimo už jį

Kad įvairios antisemitizmo formos tebėra paplitusios Europoje ir už jos ribų

 

Atmetame:

Pastangas suklaidinti žmones, paneigti Holokausto unikalumą ir prilyginti ar sutapatinti jį su komunizmu, kaip siūloma 2008 metų Prahos deklaracijoje

Nacių ir sovietų nusikaltimų sulyginimą, nes tai menkina jų unikalumą ir nuvertina svarbiausias istorijos pamokas, kurių reikia išmokti iš šių skirtingų patyrimų

Pastangas perrašyti mokyklinius istorijos vadovėlius Europos šalyse įtraukiant į juos „dvigubo genocido“ sąvoką (prilyginti ar sutapatinti nacių ir sovietų nusikaltimus)

Kaip nepriimtiną nacių sąjungininkų, taip pat Holokausto vykdytojų ir jų talkininkų, taip pat Waffen SS dalinių Estijoje ir Latvijoje, bei Lietuvos Aktyvistų Fronto narių Lietuvoje šlovinimą

Bandymus įteisinti ar pateisinti rasistinių ir fašistinių grupuočių viešą svastikos demonstravimą

Pastangas tą pačią dieną pagerbti Holokausto ir komunizmo aukų atminimą

 

Siūlome:

Skirtingomis dienomis pagerbti Holokausto aukų ir kitų XX-jo amžiaus totalitarinių režimų aukų atminimą, organizuoti aukų minėjimus pagal skirtingas programas

ES šalims narėms nenuleisti rankų siekiant pripažinti savo vaidmenį naikinant žydus Europoje

Ir toliau ypatingą dėmesį skirti Holokausto švietimui ir aukų atminimo įamžinimui visoje Europos Sąjungoje

Priešintis visoms šiuolaikinėms rasizmo ir diskriminacijos formoms ir apraiškoms, įskaitant antisemitizmą, neapykantą musulmonams, neapykantą romams, homofobiją, kitus prietarus ir netolerancijos formas, kurias skatina ekstremistinės politinės grupuotės.

 

  • Signatarai, Europos parlamento ir nacionalinių parlamentų Europos Sąjungoje nariai:
  • Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis, Seimo narys, Lietuva
  • Volker Beck, Bundestago narys, Vokietija
  • Luciana Berger, Parlamento narė, Jungtine Karalystė
  • Vilija Blinkevičiūtė, Europos Parlamento narė, Lietuva
  • Martin Callanan, Europos Parlamento narys, Jungtinė Karalystė
  • Boriss Cilevičs, Saeimo narys, Latvija
  • Paolo De Castro, Europos Parlamento narys, Italija
  • Baronienė Deech D.B.E, Lordų rūmai, Jungtinė Karalystė
  • Proinsias De Rossa, Europos Parlamento narė, Airija
  • Sergejs Dolgopolovs, Saeimo narys, Latvija
  • Andrew Duff, Europos Parlamento narys, Jungtinė Karalystė
  • Louise Ellman, Parlamento narys, Jungtinė Karalystė
  • Ioan Enciu, Europos Parlamento narys, Rumunija
  • Tanja Fajon, Europos Parlamento narė, Slovėnija
  • Göran Färm, Europos Parlamento narys, Švedija
  • Elisa Ferreira, Europos Parlamento narė, Portugalija
  • Knut Fleckenstein, Europos Parlamento narys, Vokietija
  • Mike Freer, Parlamento narys, Jungtinė Karalystė
  • Ana Maria Gomes, Europos Parlamento narė, Portugalija
  • Kinga Göncz, Europos Parlamento narė, Vengrija
  • Zita Gurmai, Europos Parlamento narė, Vengrija
  • Jutta Haug, Europos Parlamento narė, Vokietija
  • Edit Herczog, Europos Parlamento narė, Vengrija
  • Stephen Hughes, Europos Parlamento narys, Jungtinė Karalystė
  • Vincenzo Iovine, Europos Parlamento narys, Italija
  • Lordas Janner Braunstone, Lordų rūmai, Jungtinė Karalystė
  • Lukrezia Jochimsen, Bundestago narė, Vokietija
  • Karin Kadenbach, Europos Parlamento narė, Austrija
  • Justinas Karosas, Seimo narys, Lietuva
  • Evgeni Kirilov, Europos Parlamento narys, Bulgarija
  • Jan Korte, Bundestago narys, Vokietija
  • Constanze Krehl, Europos Parlamento narė, Vokietija
  • Christian Lange, Bundestago narys, Vokietija
  • Monika Lazar, Bundestago narė, Vokietija
  • Jörg Leichtfried, Europos Parlamento narys, Austrija
  • Jo Leinen, Europos Parlamento narys, Vokietija
  • Baronienė Sarah Ludford, Europos Parlamento narė, Jungtinė Karalystė
  • Denis MacShane, Parlamento narys, Jungtinė Karalystė
  • John Mann, Parlamento narys, Jungtinė Karalystė
  • Miguel Angel Martínez, Europos Parlamento narys, Ispanija
  • Linda McAvan, Europos Parlamento narė, Jungtinė Karalystė
  • Louis Michel, Europos Parlamento narys, Belgija
  • Alexander Mirsky, Europos Parlamento narys, Latvija
  • Jerzy Montag, Bundestago narys, Vokietija
  • Jan Mulder, Europos Parlamento narys, Nyderlandai
  • Norbert Neuser, Europos Parlamento narys, Vokietija
  • Bill Newton Dunn, Europos Parlamento narys, Jungtinė Karalystė
  • Matthew Offord, Parlamento narys MP, Jungtinė Karalystė
  • Justas Paleckis, Europos Parlamento narys, Lietuva
  • Petra Pau, Bundestago narė, Vokietija
  • Marija Aušrinė Pavilionienė, Seimo narė, Lietuva
  • Bernhard Rapkay, Europos Parlamento narys, Vokietija
  • Frédérique Ries, Europos Parlamento narė, Belgija
  • Niccolò Rinaldi, Europos Parlamento narys, Italija
  • Dagmar Roth-Behrendt, Europos Parlamento narė, Vokietija
  • Julius Sabatauskas, Seimo narys, Lietuva
  • Olle Schmidt, Europos Parlamento narys, Svedija
  • Martin Schulz, Europos Parlamento narys, Vokietija
  • Jutta Steinruck, Europos Parlamento narė, Vokietija
  • Hannes Swoboda, Europos Parlamento narys, Austrija
  • Algirdas Sysas, Seimo narys, Lietuva
  • Hannu Takkula, Europos Parlamento narys, Suomija
  • Charles Tannock, Europos Parlamento narys, Jungtinė Karalystė
  • Catherine Trautmann, Europos Parlamento narė, Prancūzija
  • Giommaria Uggias, Europos Parlamento narys, Italija
  • Birutė Vėsaitė, Seimo narė, Lietuva
  • Barbara Weiler, Europos Parlamento narė, Vokietija
  • Prof. (em.) Gert Weisskirchen, Bundestago narys [1976 – 2009]
  • Boris Zala, Europos Parlamento narys, Slovakija
  • Tatjana Ždanoka, Europos Parlamento narė, Latvija
  • Gabriele Zimmer, Europos Parlamento narė, Vokietija

 


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Press Release Issued by the Social Democratic Party in Lithuania


The following is a translation of the Lithuanian-language statement released today by the central offices of the Social Democratic Party in Vilnius:

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The Seventy Years Declaration in Spanish



Declaración de los Setenta Años

en el Aniversario de la Conferencia de Wannsee sobre la Solución Final


 

En este 70 aniversario de la adopción formal de la “Solución final del problema judío” por parte de los líderes nazis, nosotros, los abajo firmantes

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The Seventy Years Declaration in Belarusian



20 студзеня 2012 года

Дэклярацыя да 70-х угодкаў Ванзэйскай канфэрэнцыі па “Канчатковым рашэньні”


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The Seventy Years Declaration



The Seventy Years Declaration

on the Anniversary of the Final Solution Conference at Wannsee


 

On this the 70th anniversary of the formal adoption by the Nazi leadership of the “Final Solution of the Jewish Problem” we the undersigned

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The Seventy Years Declaration



O P I N I O N

by Danny Ben-Moshe

This comment appeared today in the Jerusalem Post and is republished here with the author’s permission.

 

On January 20, 1942, the Nazi leadership gathered in a villa on the outskirts of Berlin and adopted the “Final Solution to the Jewish Question.” The Wannsee Conference, as this became known, from the suburb where the meeting was held, formalized the process that exterminated so much of European Jewry.

As we mark the seventieth anniversary of that 90-minute meeting in which fifteen people condemned millions to death, there are many crucial lessons to learn from the Holocaust. I wish to highlight two.

Firstly, the killing of a people begins not with violence, but through race-based hatred, progressing to institutionalized discrimination and only then culminating in murder. This is why antisemitism, racism and institutionalized discrimination must be addressed, for if left to fester the consequences can be tragic, severe and widespread.

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