Thanks for raising these important points.
(1) Hundreds of eyewitness accounts confirm murders of Jewish civilians in dozens of Lithuanian towns before arrival (or assumption of power) by German Nazi forces. That evidence is now being systematically undermined by the state-sponsored Commission, and one of the reasons for its “success” is that many conferences do not include specialists critical of the Commission or of the current efforts to undermine the dozens of years of work of top scholars. But turning from results to motive: the LAF and Provisional Government are being turned into “heroes of history” (“anti-Soviet rebels” though not a shot was fired at Soviet troops before they were running from the German onslaught), and I repeat, there is something wrong when the same government that finances that sends its commission members to prestigious universities around the world for events which do not include current professors who disagree (this is distinct from and not intended to be a statement about the individual professors sent or their own views on each question). Yes, it is darned good that Sara lives in Toronto and was included; that is terrific. On many other stops of the same basic roadshow, there doesn’t happen to be a local Holocaust survivor / scholar who can respond, and the principle of equal academic representation is one that universities would do well to bear in mind on such issues. The online version of the session program has THREE members of the Lithuanian state commission plus dear Sara of Toronto, whose paper title makes clear her status as a survivor and witness.
(2) It is not quite the case that “the prosecution of Arad” (or of Rachel Margolis and Fania Brantsovsky) was “aborted”… There never was any prosecution, nor any charges, or proceedings. This was one massive abuse of state power to DEFAME these (and by analogy all) Jewish resistance heroes of the Baltic Holocaust by defamatory leaks to the press about “war crimes” in the absence of an iota of evidence. Nothing can help to undo the damage except an apology from the state’s leaders. These survivors are still waiting for that public apology. Whether it’s Wikipedia or the final chapter of Prof. Chodakiewicz’s book “Intermarium” it is evident that without apologies from the state that financed the defamation in the first place the damage cannot be repaired, least of all by misinformation about “aborted prosecutions”…
(3) Turning to history and the manipulation of the narrative for future generations, the attempts to put into the record bogus and legally never-leveled charges against anti-Nazi resistance fighters, while investing in glorious reburials with full honors of LAF and Provisional Government Holocaust collaborators, are today part of the machinery of Double Genocide: finding fault with the victims and survivors, and turning the local perpetrators into heroes, all as part of the wider effort to “equalize” Nazi and Soviet crimes. The major document of that movement is the 2008 Prague Declaration publicly supported by the Commission. I hope and trust there was ample discussion of that and at least mention of the European parliamentary response, the Seventy Years Declaration of 2012, that was so courageously signed by eight Lithuanian parliamentarians (six MPs, two MEPs) —- but alas, they don’t get sent to foreign events, and it’s a pleasure to take even this small opportunity here once again to praise their bravery and integrity.
(4) I agree with you entirely that the focus on June-July 1941 at such events often means that the wider history of the Baltic Holocaust doesn’t get proper coverage. There’s a certain irony here: The state campaign to discredit the works of Prof. Dov Levin and other eminent scholars is in its own Baalamic way drawing attention to the very things that a number of East European states (not just Lithuania!) want to “change” for history. Even this little exchange right here….. Happy Chanukah from freezing and beautiful Vilnius, D.