(More for good measure. And more and more…)
The deeply controversial “US Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad” has for years allegedly been collaborating with government, business and a dubious group of “grave trading rabbis” in London, seemingly determined to humiliate Lithuania’s oldest Jewish cemetery by construction of a national convention center at its heart. This would not be happening were it a Christian Lithuanian cemetery. Massive international opposition is growing. History of the saga. Summary.
But did the American government’s commission officials (or their State Department colleagues in tow) bother while here to even meet with Ruta Bloshtein, author of the international petition calling on the Lithuanian government to move the national convention center project away from the sacred old Vilnius Jewish Cemetery? Her office, in the Judaica section of the national library, is a few minutes’ walk from their gov. meetings. Ms. Bloshtein’s petition has 53,500 signatures to date. There are numerous reports on the recent history of the US taxpayer-funded commission’s role in the affair. Meanwhile, international opposition to desecration of the old Jewish cemetery grows apace.