Survey on Levels of Prejudice Among Lithuanian Military Brass and Troops



Delfi.lt reports that the Lithuanian Ministry of National Defense has received the results from a study they undertook to gauge prejudice among leadership and troops as compared to Lithuanian society at large.

The in-house study was presented by Professor Jūratė Novagrockienė of the Strategic Research Center at the Jonas Žemaitis War College and found Lithuanian soldiers are less tolerant of homosexuals, the mentally handicapped, refugees and Jews than the average Lithuanian. Antisemitic attitudes were measured at around 25 percent compared to 13 percent of Lithuanians in general who said they would not work with Jews. By contrast, Lithuanian soldiers were slightly more tolerant of Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and blacks than the Lithuanian average.

There is controversy over the 1941 Holocaust-era activities of Jonas Žemaitis, for whom the nation’s War College is named.

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