Posts tagged as Jonas Noreika

Smashed memorial plaque to Noreika to be restored in Vilnius

Friday, April 19, 2019

A controversial memorial plaque to Jonas Noreika, a Lithuanian military officer known as Generolas Vetra (General Storm), in central Vilnius is set to be restored after being smashed with a sledge hammer last week. It was vandalized by Stanislovas Tomas who made an unsuccessful bid to run for the European Parliament. Aleksandras Zubriakovas, spokesman for Vilnius Mayor Remigijus Smasius, told BNS Lithuania on Thursday Grinda, a municipal enterprise, has been…

Nazi Collaborator or National Hero? A Test for Lithuania

By Andrew Higgins on Wednesday, September 12, 2018

For the tiny village of Sukioniai in western Lithuania, the exploits of General Storm, a local anti-Communist hero executed by the Soviet secret police in 1947, have long been a source of pride. The village school is named after him, and his struggles against the Soviet Union are also honored with a memorial carved from stone next to the farm where he was born. All along, though, there have been…