Jewish Voices from Lithuania*


14 March 2011.  Statement of the Jewish Community of Lithuania on the neo-Nazi march held in central Vilnius on 11 March by permit of the municipality.  English translation.

18 February 2011 [date of the appearance in English translation of:] Jerusalem of Lithuania: ‘Jewish Museum renewed Holocaust exhibition’ by Milan Chersonski.

18 February 2011 [date of the appearance in English translation of:] Jerusalem of Lithuania: ‘Love and sorrow, reinforced by tears’ by Milan Chersonski.

7 February 2011. ‘Who got stupid, the European Parliament or Us?’ by MEP Leonidas Donskis.

4 February 2011.  Dr Shimon Alperovich, head of the Jewish Community of Lithuania, interviewed by Frank Bendle on [in German].

7 January 2o11.  VilNews: Aage Myhre interviews Dr Irena Veisaitė.


20 December ‘A. Vinokuras’s aticles slander the Lithuanian Jewish community’ by Simonas Alperavčius.  English translation.

16 December 2010. ‘Interview from the pits of Paneriai, or, We are weighing death’ by Sergejus Kanovičius.

8 December 2010.  BBC World Service: Dr Shimon Alperovich, Fania Yocheles Brantsovsky, Meilach Stalevich, Dobke Yonis [Dora Piliansky] interviewed by Wendy Robbins.

29 November 2010. Statement by Arkadijus Vinokuras [with comment by Dovid Katz].

16 November 2010Jerusalem of Lithuania [English edition]: ‘History: education or modern politics?’ by Milan Chersonski.

20 October 2010.  Lietuvos rytas / ‘Lithuanian citizenship: only for Jews?’ by Arkadijus Vinokuras.

15 October Open letter to the President of Lithuania from the Jewish Community of Lithuania, signed by Dr Shimon Alperovich and approved by the entire Community Board, protesting the antisemitic outburst of the Foreign Minister. Jerusalem of Lithuania published version here.

4 October 2010.  Letter from the chairman of the Jewish Community of Lithuania, Dr Shimon Alperovich protesting the establishment by parliament of the exclusionary year of remembrance that was added to the previously designated year of remembrance of the Holocaust, addressed to the chair of the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania Irena Degutienė.

21 September 2010.  Speech of deputy head of the Jewish Community of Lithuania and head of the Vilnius Jewish Community Faina Kukliansky.  Report in Jerusalem of Lithuania.  On

20 September 2010. Joseph Melamed speaks at the commemoration at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, to mark the anniversary of the liquidation of the Vilna Ghetto.

7 September 2010Statement issued by the Jewish Community of  Lithuania protesting the activities in government and high society honoring the Nazi collaborationist Provisional Government of 1941 [authorized English translation].

8 September 2010.  Canadian Jewish News: Rachel Kostanian interviewed by Esther Goldberg.

1 September 2010Leonidas Donskis’s blog: ‘When will the truth finally set us free?’ by Leonidas Donskis.

15 April 2010.  Baltic Times: ‘What happened to us?’ by Leonidas Donskis.

January-March 2010.  Jerusalem of Lithuania: ‘Where are the ultranationalists heading?’ by Milan Chersonski.

January-March 2010.  Jerusalem of Lithuania: ‘A case of historic legacy’ [on the Klaipeda court’s decision to legalize public swastikas] [by Milan Chersonski].


22 December 2009.  YouTube: ‘Dr Rachel Margolis wants to see her native Vilna again’. Part II.  Interview by Dovid Katz, filmed by Avi Lehrer.

2 December 2009. ‘The Justice Minister distorts the historical facts’ by Sergejus Kanovičius.

December 2009. Jerusalem of Lithuania (Vilnius): ‘The other side of the “hero’s” legend’ by Milan Chersonski.

Autumn 2009Jerusalem of Lithuania: ‘“Congratulations” on the Award’ by Milan Chersonski.

23 September 2009Comments at the Holocaust commemoration ceremony at Ponar by Faina Kukliansky, chairwoman of the Vilnius Jewish Community, cited by Milan Chersonski in his report in Jerusalem of Lithuania (Fall 2009, page 5, column 5).

24 July 2009. The inflation of genocide’ by Leonidas Donskisalternate link.

June 2009.  Faina Kukliansky’s paper at the Prague Restitution conference.

24 February 2009.  Haaretz: ‘Lithuanian Hypocrisy’ by Dov Levin.


10 October 2008.  Leonidas Donskis, Transitions Online: ‘Hostages to an ill-begotten theory’ by Leonidas Donskis.

5 October 2008. Haaretz:Lithuanian academic blasts war crimes probe of ex- Yad Vashem chief’.

October-December 2008‘Jerusalem of Lithuania: ‘Bitter pill of history’ by Milan Chersonski.

September 2008.  Jewish Currents: ‘Investigating Jewish partisans in Lithuania: the protest of a veteran Jewish partisan’ by Professor Sara Ginaite.

28 August 2008Open Letter from the Jewish Community of Lithuania and the Union of Former Ghetto and Concentration Camp Prisoners.

19 June 2008Open Letter from the Jewish Community of Lithuania and the Union of Former Ghetto and Concentration Camp Prisoners.

*The selection above is restricted to: official statements of the Jewish Community of Lithuania, the Vilnius based Union of Former Ghetto and Concentration Camp Prisoners, and individual personalities who grew up in Lithuania (in most but not all cases, current Lithuanian citizens). For the views of the last active association of Litvaks internationally, the Tel Aviv based Association of Lithuanian Jews, please see the ALJ website. The twenty-one signatories on the 7 February 2011 letter to the Lithuanian ambassador in London are enumerated here. Please use the Search Box at the upper right (and of course google) for the writings (and/or interviews) of individual contemporary Litvak figures internationally (of any birth, citizenship and residence), e.g. Shimon Alperovich, Yitzhak Arad, Solomon Atamuk, Danny Ben-Moshe, Fania Yocheles Brantsovsky, Uri Chanoch, Milan Chersonsky, Leonidas Donskis, Sir Martin Gilbert, Sara Ginaitė, Grant Gochin, Esther Goldberg, Mikhail Iossel, Saul Issroff, Tobias Jafetas, Lord Janner, Sergey Kanovich, Dovid Katz, Rachel Kostanian, Faina Kukliansky, Sidney Leiman, Dov Levin, Rachel Margolis, Joseph Melamed, Tessa Rajak, Faye Ran, N.N. Shneidman, Irena Veisaitė, Arkadijus Vinokuras, Efraim Zuroff, etc.

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