Kaunas Mayor & City Council Deciding
whether to again allow neo-nazis sporting banners adulating Holocaust collaborators to take over the city center on Lithuania’s cherished February 16th Independence Day next week
Banner from last year’s takeover of central Kaunas on Feb. 16th: Same again?
Also: Where is the Israeli ambassador? Last year Ambassador Amir Maimon came one month after the Holocaust collaborator glorifying march to offer gushing public praise for the Kaunas mayor and council for their “dedication” to Jewish remembrance. But Lithuanian Jews do not forget the ethos and legacy of a previous late ambassador of the State of Israel. Related: Shmuel Rosner’s New York Times op-ed on current Israeli policy on Holocaust issues.
Every Jewish community in prewar independent Lithuania celebrated February 16th with the same patriotic fervor as all the population. One famous photo is from the 1928 celebration of the tenth anniversary of Lithuania’s 1918 independence, with a huge banner in Hebrew and Lithuanian, in Dorbyán (Darbėnai)…