It was today confirmed by the Platform of European Memory and Conscience that the Lithuanian government’s “International Commission for the Evaluation of the Crimes of the Nazi and Soviet Occupational Regimes of Lithuania” (known for brevity as the “Red-Brown Commission”) is a formal member of the “Platform.” This is further confirmed on the Platform’s website under the list of “Platform Members” (right hand column).
The “Platform” has been one of the engines for promoting the export of the theory of “equivalence of Nazi and Soviet crimes” from Eastern Europe to the entire European Union.
A and B are both partner institutions of C. Is A therefore also somehow relatable to C by virtue of a public partnership with B?
The implications are serious for Yad Vashem and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) in Washington DC which have both recently announced their agreement to join the Vilnius-based, Lithuanian government financed Commission. The prestige of both major international Holocaust research and commemoration institutions is thereby implicitly (or explicitly) invoked to give legitimacy to the political aspects of the Red-Brown Commission’s work. The “Platform of European Memory and Conscience” consistently downgrades the Holocaust into one of two supposedly “equal genocides” (the Double Genocide theory) throughout its website.
Another serious problem concerning the Platform and its new Yad Vashem and DC Holocaust Museum partners is the presence of member institutions that are profoundly antisemitic and participate in the glorification of local Holocaust collaborators, most prominent among them being the “Genocide Resistance and Research Center of Lithuania.” Clearly such entities will gain legitimacy by the incorporation of Yad Vashem and the USHMM in their home-page list of “member institutions” of their partner institution — the Platform of European Memory and Conscience.