by Markas Zingeris
Rachel Kostanian-Danzig, one of the founders of the Vilna Gaon Museum of Jewish History, is celebrating her venerable ninety-first birthday. She belongs to the generation that survived the horrific years of the Second World War as well the times of the Soviet regime, and saw the fall of the Iron Curtain: the geopolitical “earthquake” that allowed Lithuania to take back control of its own history.
During her youth in Soviet times, Rachel completed a law degree at Vilnius University and qualified as an English teacher at the city’s Pedagogical University. Her field was not history, until the breakup of the Soviet Union and the rise of Lithuanian liberty gave her the freedom to immerse herself in the history and culture of her Jewish people. But no historian’s diplomas could match her relentless, painstaking and passionate desire to meaningfully fill the gaps in Lithuanian collective memory. Today’s young professionals could envy her enthusiasm and “engagement.”
Posted in Lithuania, Litvak Affairs, Museums, News & Views, Rachel Kostanian
Tagged Christoph Dieckmann, Emanuelis Zingeris, Markas Zingeris, Rachel Kostanian, Saulius Suziedelis, Vilna Gaon Jewish State Museum, Vilna Ghetto
[Last updated 21 Dec. 2018]
NEW YORK—Yet again, the Yivo Institute for Jewish Research, once the international bastion of living Yiddish high culture and genuine loyalty to East European Jewry, is putting on, in New York City, an event about the Holocaust in Lithuania that reflects only the Lithuanian government’s views on the subject. More precisely, a small number of well-funded government agencies in the business of “fixing the history of the Holocaust”: a “red-brown commission,” a Genocide Center, and Genocide Museum. The first of these, in a macabre tribute to George Orwell, is actually called “The International Commission for the Evaluation of the Crimes of the Nazi and Soviet Occupational Regimes in Lithuania”. And indeed, it is one of its veteran members that is the instructor of the New York seminar, “The Shoah in Lithuania” to be held in five sessions from 3 to 17 January 2019. The fee is $350, reduced to $275 for Yivo members. For background see Dr. Yitzhak Arad’s paper on the red-brown commission’s actual purposes, DH’s page and section, a recent historic overview by DH’s editor in a Holocaust studies journal, and the resignation letters of Prof. Konrad Kwiet and the late Sir Martin Gilbert.
Posted in "Red-Brown Commission", Lithuania, Litvak Affairs, News & Views, Opinion, United States, Yivo Manipulated?
Tagged Christoph Dieckmann, Dieckmann + Holocaust in Lithuania, Dieckmann + YIVO, Dov Levin, Efraim Zuroff, Holocaust in Lithuania, International Commission for the Evaluation of the Crimes, Lithuanian Historical Commission, Red-Brown Commission, Ruta Vanagaite, The Shoah in Lithuania, Yiv-Bard Winter Program, Yivo and Lithuania, Yivo and the Holocaust, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, Yivo-Bard program, ייוואָ
Some highly respected international scholars have been persuaded to participate in a film which some leaders of Holocaust Survivor organizations around the world fear will be a cover-up for the main ‘accomplishment’ of the LAF (Lithuanian Activist Front) and related fascist groups, and their local supporters. These groups, often identified by white armbands and known as white armbanders, had started to carry out murder, molestation and pillage of Jewish neighbors in dozens of locations even before the arrival of German Nazi forces in late June 1941. Many of the same killers went on to serve voluntarily as shooters in the annihilation of most of Lithuanian Jewry in the second half of 1941.
Posted in Arts, Collaborators Glorified, Double Genocide, Film, Genocide Center (Vilnius), Legacy of 23 June 1941, News & Views, Politics of Memory
Tagged Algimantas Liekis, Barry Rubin, Brandisauskas, Chancellery of the Parliament of Lithuania, Christoph Dieckmann, Genocide Research Center, Glorification of Holocaust perpetrators, Joseph Levinson, LAF, Liekis, Lithuanian Activist Front, Lithuanian Holocaust, Liudas Truska, sanitization of the Holocaust, Timothy Snyder