Definition of Genocide

The following selection represents authors who favor a strict construction of the definition of genocide. Some of the opinions represented on this page have now been criminalized by the Lithuanian parliament. This journal sincerely hopes that proud Lithuanian forces for tolerance, democracy and open debate will work tirelessly until this law, which does not befit the European Union, NATO or the OSCE, is duly repealed.

Readers interested in both sides of the genocide definition argument are referred to the Debates page, whether the first section focuses on the more specific ‘Double Genocide’ debate.


Yehuda Bauer, ‘Remembering accurately on International Holocaust Remembrance Day’ in the Jerusalem Post, 25 January 2010.

Jonathan Freedland, ‘I see why “Double Genocide” is a term Lithuanians want. But it appals me’ in the Guardian, 14 September 2010.

Dovid Katz, ‘Why Red is not Brown in the Baltics’ in the Guardian, 30 September 2010.

Sergey Kanovich, ‘Interview from the Pits of Paneriai, or, We Are Weighing Death’ on Bernardinai, 14 December 2010.  Authorized translation here.


Leonidas Donskis: ‘The inflation of genocide’ in, 24 July 2009alternate link.

Clemens Heni, ‘The Prague Declaration, Holocaust Trivialization and Antisemitism’ on WPK, 26 October 2009.

Dovid Katz: ‘On three definitions: Genocide, Holocaust Denial, Holocaust Obfuscation’ in Leonidas Donskis (ed), A Litmus Test Case of Modernity. Examining Modern Sensibilities and the Public Domain in the Baltic States at the Turn of the Century [= Interdisciplinary Studies on Central and Eastern Europe 5], Peter Lang: Bern 2009, pp 259-277.

Holocaust Survivors protest the Prague Declaration: statement of the Association of Lithuanian Jews.


Leonidas Donskis, ‘Concept inflation and the criminalization of debate’ in Jerusalem of Lithuania, October-December 2008.

Edward Lucas, ‘Prosecution and persecution. Lithuania must stop blaming the victims’ in the Economist, 21 August 2008.

Geoff Vasil (Vasiliauskas), ‘Analyzing Lithuanian antisemitism. The “Double Genocide” theory refuses to quite’ in Jewish Currents, November 2008.

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