In Vilnius, City Council Holds “Surreal” Public Debate on 29 Nov. 2016 on Street Name Honoring a Nazi Collaborator; But Will the Mayor (Who Did Not Attend) Ever Speak Out with Moral Clarity?
Vilnius City Councillor Mark Adam Harold listening during a torrent of abuse as audience members made their way to the microphone during the discussion period. PHOTO: JULIUS NORWILLA.
The one young Lithuanian Jew in attendance, acclaimed opera soloist Rafailas Karpis, provided bold, proud and elegantly conciliatory pushback to a certain odious, fascist-adoring element in the hall.
Vilnius opera soloist Rafailas Karpis takes the podium. PHOTO: JULIUS NORWILLA.
British-origin Vilnius City Council member Mark Adam Harold, proposer of the street’s name change, addressing the gathering
Two thought experiments: (1) Would there be a public debate on a street name whose hero was found to have deported innocent people to Soviet Siberia? (2) On a street name in Atlanta, Georgia, whose hero was found to be a proponent of white-supremacist ethnic cleansing policies?
ŠKIRPA IS IN THE MIDDLE