Tag Archives: Sara Ginaite
December 2012. East European Jewish Affairs: ‘Debating, obfuscating and disciplining the Holocaust: post-Soviet historical discourses on the OUN-UPA and other nationalist movements’ by Grzegorz Rossoliński-Liebe.
21 October 2012. DefendingHistory.com: ‘Open letter in support of Per Anders Rudling’.
11 October 2012. DefendingHistory.com: ‘Canadian missile lands in Sweden’.
8 May 2011. Extracts assembled from internet comments, with sourcing provided, including, at long last, the self-identification of ‘Semperveritas’ as Professor emeritus Roman Serbyn (University of Quebec, Montreal).
23 April 2011. Publication of Open Letter signed by 105 international scholars in the National Post (p. 5). List of signatories updated regularly on the website of the Canadian Institute for the Study of Antisemitism (CISA). The Canadian Jewish Congress posting. See also Letters received by CISA.
22 April 2011. Critique of the Open Letter, with a select list of signatories. . . on Blogmedia24.pl [in Polish]. Note start of 3rd paragraph: ‘It is difficult to mention all the signatories of the letter, so I stop at a selected group: Achinger, Bechtel, Breitman, Ganzer, Gold, Goldberg, Grossmann, Gutterman, Haberman, Hausmann, Hirsh, Horowitz, Kaplan, Katz, Kramer, Lipstadt, Litvak, Lower, Rabinovici, Risch, Rudling, Samuels, Siberklang, Steiman.’ …
21 April 2011. ‘The anti-Ukrainian hate campaign infects the Winnipeg Free Press’ on The Black Rod [by ?].
19 April 2011. Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association / Media release: ‘“Stay out of the debate” — UCCLA’s reply’. Note the penultimate sentence on ‘the company they keep’ . . .
19 April 2011. Professor Roman Serbyn’s mass-emailed text.
16 April 2011. Exchange of views between L. Luciuk and P. Rudling in the Globe and Mail comments section. Extracted from here.
2 April 2011. ‘The war against the Holocaust’ by Catherine Chatterley in the Winnipeg Free Press. ALSO available, with inclusion of images of the antisemitic ‘pig postcards’ printed and circulated by t he Ukrainian Civil Liberties Association (UCCLA), on the CISA website. Also, with one postcard image, in the Winnipeg Jewish News of 8 April 2011.
24 March 2011. ‘Museum complaint parochial’ in the Winnipeg Free Press.
22 August 2009. Vilnius reception at the home of Prof. Dovid Katz in honor of Professor Sara Ginaite of Toronto, veteran of the anti-Nazi resistance, who defied prosecutors’ threats to visit her native Lithuania. In a show of support, the Canadian Embassy’s Chargé d’affaires Habib Massoud and the US Embassy’s political officer Tim O’Connor joined the group honoring Prof. Ginaite, as did the Lithuanian foreign ministry’s Jolanda Kriskovieciene in a personal capacity. Photo from left: Tim O’Connor; Faina Kukliansky, chairwoman of the Vilnius Jewish Community; Sara Ginaite; Dovid Katz; Jolanda Kriskovieciene.
July 2009. Canada, along with Britain and the United States and the other Western powers, unfortunately signed ‘The Vilnius Declaration’ of the OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) in July 2009, into which the Holocaust-obfuscating East European far right had slipped ‘just two short points’ taken to indicate acceptance of Double Genocide as national or international Western policy (document here, see p. 48, points 3 and 10), alongside traditional Holocaust-respecting language (e.g. point 4 on the same page); the problem being, that it is the revisionist lines alone which serve as catalysts — and cover — for the growing effort to minimize the Holocaust on the ground (see e.g. here and here) while providing lip-service to all sides in international declarations. [UPDATE: In December 2010, however, the European Union itself began to reject the eastern states’ insistence on international agreement on their revisionist Double Genocide history (see here and here), leaving a question mark over where Canada, Britain, the US and other Western powers now stand on the revisionist versions which frequently attempt to discredit the Allied war effort, and sacrifices, in defeating Nazi Germany.]
EXCERPT FROM PROFESSOR GINAITE’S ARTICLE:
“Prosecutors can easily turn into agents of injustice if they begin campaigns on ethnic or political grounds that have little to do with the work of identifying specific crimes and seeking to bring to a fair trial their alleged perpetrators. I invite the general prosecutor to put everything into its rightful context and not pursue a policy that appears to be based on ethnic targeting. The first step is to stop and ask: Why now, in 2008, schedule the pre-trial investigation of the circumstances of the event in Koniuchy, instead of examining the murder of 74,500 Lithuanian citizens during Soviet rule — and, yes, into the issue of who took part in the murder of two hundred thousand Jewish citizens of Lithuania during the Holocaust? Any request for bringing to justice the Nazi war criminals and the Soviet oppressors and killers is described as ‘too late.’ Strangely, however, it has just become not too late to use the Lithuanian justice system to discredit those who fought against the Nazis.
“How can one not be humiliated by this selective justice, which is, in practice, directed exclusively toward the few surviving Jewish partisans? Investigation of the Koniuchy case is not justice. It is a manipulation of justice, with the goal of forming a negative image of the Jewish partisans and of Holocaust survivors generally.
“A state prosecutor need not allow himself to become the instrument of some Lithuanian factions who support the idea of collective guilt and collective responsibility. But it looks as if the prosecutor has surrendered to pressure and has begun this useless investigation knowing perfectly well that he is not going to charge any concrete person with any concrete alleged crime.”
Professor Sara Ginaite
11 June 2007. Farewell reception for Canada’s Chargé d’affaires in Vilnius, Brian Herman, at the Vilnius Yiddish Institute, Vilnius University. From left to right: HE Dónal Denham, ambassador of Ireland; Professor Dovid Katz; Brian Herman; HE Malin Kärre, ambassador of Sweden.
20 March 2007. ‘Noah Shneidman’s Vilna Ghetto boxing medal’ (by Dovid Katz) in the Algemeyner Zhurnal. Follow-up article on 16 August 2007. Two articles in Yiddish on the Vilna Ghetto boxing medal of Professor N.N. Shneidman (Toronto), found in Vilnius, and returned to its rightful owner (despite concerted efforts to the contrary), thanks to the dedicated and wise diplomacy of Canada’s Chargé d’affaires in Vilnius, Brian Herman.