BROOKLYN, NEW YORK—Rabbi Pinchos Hecht, director of New York’s famed Mirrer Yeshiva, issued a two-page letter today expressing an impassioned appeal to Lithuania’s president, prime minister, finance minister, and the Seimas (parliament) budget review team, imploring them to halt the misguided project to erect the nation’s central convention center in the heart of the Old Vilna Jewish Cemetery, where thousands still lie buried on all four sides of a Soviet eyesore slated for reconstruction. Protests have been lodged by virtually all the leading Lithuanian tradition (Litvak) rabbis internationally, as well as over 53,000 people who have signed a petition. The saga has been dragging on for years.
The Mirrer Yeshiva takes its name from Mir, in today’s Belarus, that is one of the great Lithuanian yeshivas (Lítvishe yeshíves) internationally, one founded over two hundred years ago in the depths of Jewish Lithuania and one which celebrates its Lithuanian heritage at frequent points in time.
Posted in Cemeteries and Mass Graves, Christian-Jewish Issues, CPJCE (London), Lithuania, Litvak Affairs, News & Views, Old Vilna Jewish Cemetery at Piramónt (in Šnipiškės / Shnípishok)
Tagged Aušrinė Armonaitė, Committee for Preservation of Jewish Cemeteries in Europe, CPJCE, CPJCE (London), Gintarė Skaistė, Gitanas Nauseda, Ingrida Šimonytė, Kasparas Adomaitis, Lithuanian yeshivas, Marius Dubnikovas, Mirrer Yeshiva, Mykolas Majauskas, Rabbi Pinchos Hecht, Simonas Gentvilas, Snipiskes Jewish cemetery (Piramont), Vilna Jewish cemetery
VILNIUS—The official website of the President of Lithuania, Gitanas Nausėda, features a report and picture gallery of his speech on 20 September at the unveiling of a major monument, in the northwestern Lithuanian village Kryžkalnis, to postwar Lithuanian partisans who fought against the Soviet occupation of the country after World War II. As with other such events, the inclusion in the proceedings of honors for those who were recycled 1941 Holocaust collaborators turns what would be a uniting event celebrating freedom into an event that doubles as glorification also of the perpetrators and collaborators in the Lithuanian Holocaust, all of whom were in some sense ipso facto “anti-Soviet” (working for a Nazi victory).
Added arrows show the Noreika-Škirpa banner and the president speaking to the crowd at the inauguration of a new monument in northwestern Lithuania on 20 Sept. 2020. Original photo, by Robertas Dačkus is from Office of the President of Lithuania. Source.
Posted in Collaborators Glorified, Debates on the Postwar "Forest Brothers", Lithuania, Litvak Affairs, News & Views, State Glorification of Holocaust Collaborator J. Noreika
Tagged Gitanas Nauseda, glorification of Holocaust collaborators, Holocause commemoration (Baltics), Holocaust in Lihtuania, Jonas Noreika, Kazys Škirpa, Kryžkalnis