Note: This page, last updated on 18 April 2012, covers some of the more recent and/or still-standing state-sponsored events and memorials honoring the LAF and other Holocaust perpetrators as “heroes” of Lithuania.
Vilnius: In an EU capital, in 2011, state-sponsored adulation of the local collaborators and participants in the Holocaust; key event is addressed by a former head of state, on the 70th anniversary of Hitler’s invasion
PARLIAMENT-SUPPORTED DOCUMENTARY FILM GLORIFIES 1941 ‘LITHUANIAN ACTIVIST FRONT’ (LAF) FASCIST MURDERERS & COLLABORATIONIST PROVISIONAL GOVERNMENT (PG) ON 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE OUTBREAK OF THE LITHUANIAN HOLOCAUST
Film’s June 22nd Premiere in Vilnius was addressed by former President Valdas Adamkus; Attendees given a souvenir ticket; Ushers dressed in Nazi army uniforms stamped each ticket with the Nazi emblem and photo-ops were offered with men dressed as LAF. Eyewitness account. DefendingHistory.com analysis of the film.
ONE OF THE FILM’S PRODUCERS IS THE ‘GENOCIDE CENTER’ WHOSE ‘CHIEF SPECIALIST’ LED A RECENT NEO-NAZI MARCH (JULY 2011 UPDATE)
Bold Lithuanian citizens who speak up against glorification of fascist perpetrators: Evaldas Balčiūnas; Milan Chersonski; Liudas Truska; Geoff Vasil (Vasiliauskas); Nida Vasiliauskaitė; Tomas Venclova and others
Part of a Larger Program to Honor the Local Perpetrators
ACADEMIC CONFERENCE IN PARLIAMENT RECASTS PERPETRATORS AS ‘FREEDOM FIGHTERS’ — YAD VASHEM PULLS OUT; CONFERENCE CONCLUDED BY EXEC DIRECTOR OF RED-BROWN COMMISSION; Day 1; Day 2; DIDIER BERTIN COMMENTS
LITHUANIAN PARLIAMENT ANNOUNCES SERIES OF EVENTS (ENGLISH HERE); EDUCATION MINISTRY & MUSEUMS ASSOCIATION CALL FOR EVENTS TO HONOR 1941 ‘PARTISANS’; NGOS ANNOUNCE PROJECTS
When international pressure finally led to the installation of a small room dedicated to the Holocaust in the cellar of the Genocide Museum in central Vilnius in autumn of 2011, the narrative provided there too glorifies the LAF.
LAF declared in writing intention to murder Jewish citizens of Lithuania before arrival of any German forces, an intention carried out in dozens of locations
In 2012: Re-interment and glorification of the “prime minister” of the 1941 Nazi puppet government in Lithuania:
INTERNATIONAL GROUP OF LITVAKS PROTEST GLORIFICATION OF THE LOCAL KILLERS WHO UNLEASHED THE LITHUANIAN HOLOCAUST 70 YEARS AGO; JTA REPORT; JEWISH CHRONICLE
EARLIER, JEWISH COMMUNITY PROTESTED THE DEDICATED ‘YEAR’ AND THE DECISION TO HONOR HOLOCAUST PERPETRATORS
SIMON WIESENTHAL CENTER ISSUES STATEMENT, AND RELATES DESECRATION AT PONAR TO THE GOVERNMENT’S HOLOCAUST REVISIONISM
Bold Lithuanian citizens speak out against the glorification of Holocaust perpetrators: