Posts tagged as Holocaust

Mockery of the Holocaust

Friday, February 28, 2020

The Israeli government and the Auschwitz museum have accused a Spanish carnival of “trivialising” the Holocaust after a troupe danced through the streets of a small town dressed as Nazi officers and concentration camp prisoners, accompanied by a float bearing a menorah and two crematorium chimneys. On Monday, the people of Campo de Criptana in the central Spanish region of Castilla-La Mancha celebrated carnival. Among those taking part was El Chaparral Cultural…

Lithuanian PM: ‘Anti-Semitism has no place in Lithuania’

Monday, January 27, 2020

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has urged to refrain from attempts to rewrite World War 2 history, especially as Holocaust remains an “open wound of Europe”. “On his visit to Israel, March 1, 1995, President Algirdas Brazauskas apologised to the members of the Knesset for ‘those Lithuanians who mercilessly killed, shot, deported and plundered Jews’,” Skvernelis said in a statement on Friday. “No legislative or other initiatives can change that.…

Poland and Lithuania abstained from attending Israeli Holocaust event

Friday, January 24, 2020

Polish president accuses Putin of ‘spreading historical lies’ in an attempt to depict the Soviet Union in a favourable light. The presidents of Poland and Lithuania have both abstained from attending an Israeli event marking the 75th anniversary of the Holocaust and the liberation of Auschwitz death camp in Europe in 1945. The event, taking place in the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial centre on Thursday, is the biggest international gathering of…

Polish president pulls out of Holocaust event in Israel over snub

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Poland’s president has pulled out of an event in Israel to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz after being told he would not be allowed to speak at the event, but Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, would. The move comes amid anger in Poland over Putin’s recent comments accusing Poland of complicity in the start of the second world war. It is one of a number of disputes…

Germany’s Merkel to visit Auschwitz Holocaust camp for first time

Friday, December 6, 2019

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has headed the German government since 2005, will on Friday, December 6, visit the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland. British public broadcaster BBC reports that Merkel will take part in a ceremony alongside a camp survivor and Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. Her visit comes amid a rise in German anti-Semitism and ahead of the 75th anniversary of the camp’s liberation. During World War Two,…

Lithuanian state theater stages controversial play on Holocaust complicity

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

A Lithuanian state theater staged a play about local complicity in the Holocaust, in what commemoration activists called a milestone on the path to recognizing the country’s complete history. The Juozas Miltinis Drama Theater in Panevėžys, some 70 miles north of Vilnius, staged over the weekend the world premiere of a theatrical adaptation of the 2016 book “Our People” by the Israeli Nazi hunter Efraim Zuroff and the Lithuanian author Ruta…

Vilnius mayor wins praise for changing Lithuania’s Holocaust narrative

Friday, November 1, 2019

Remigijus Šimašius, the mayor of Vilnius, has been praised for his efforts to correct the narrative around Lithuanian complicity in the Holocaust at a event organised by the American Jewish Committee (AJC). Earlier this summer, Šimašius oversaw two important decisions regarding Holocaust memory in Lithuania. The first was changing the name of a street honoring Kazys Skirpa, founder of the Lithuanian Activist Front (LAF) resistance organisation, and the second was removing a plaque…

Lithuania marks national Holocaust remembrance day

Monday, September 23, 2019

The traditional March of the Living to Paneriai, a suburb of Vilnius where tens of thousands of Jews were killed during to Holocaust, will be held and the names of the victims will be read out at the Choral Synagogue of Vilnius as part of events marking the Day of Remembrance for Jewish Victims of Genocide in Lithuania on Monday.  A commemoration will also take place in the capital’s Rudininku Square.   The March…

US diplomat tells Lithuania not to glorify Holocaust collaborators

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Cherrie Daniels, a US diplomat, has warned that the glorification of Holocaust collaborators in Lithuania undermines the country’s reputation and the memory of its true heroes, and promotes anti-Semitism. “Lithuania has been shaped into the proud democracy it is today because of the valiant actions of countless heroes throughout its history,” Cherrie Daniels, Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues at the US Department of State, tweeted on Monday. “But every country has its…

Truth is necessary for reconciliation in Lithuania

By Grant Gochin on Saturday, August 3, 2019

At the turn of the 20th century, about half of Vilnius’s population was Jewish. All that remains of Jewish life there is a tourist trail, and monuments lauding Holocaust perpetrators. To divorce Lithuania from its Holocaust-related past, and to create a national-foundation narrative, Lithuania devised a government agency named the Genocide Center, whose mission is to rewrite the history of Lithuania. Through this sanitisation process, it converts perpetrators into national…