SEIMAS CONFERENCE OF JUNE 2011
MEANING OF THE CONFERENCE OF 28 AND 29 JUNE 2011 ORGANIZED BY THE
LITHUANIAN PARLIAMENT “SEIMAS” AND BY THE GENOCIDE AND RESISTANCE
RESEARCH CENTRE OF LITHUANIA
By Didier BERTIN – 19 July 2011
I –TARGET OF THE CONFERENCE
The Lithuanian Parliament and the state subsidized genocide and resistance research center, which includes among its executives the organizer of the annual Neo-Nazi Parade in Vilnius, organized a conference in Vilnius.
The official theme of the conference was the 70th anniversary of the war between Germany and the USSR without any considerations for the worldwide conflict and its consequences. Lithuania claims to have been a victim of a war it did not want but this was the case of all countries in the world except Germany and its allies.
The WW II is reduced to an ideological conflict between USSR and Germany in the spirit of the Prague Process obsessed by the idea to make a strict equivalence between Germany and USSR.
This totally autistic conception exclude most of the world and the participation of Lithuania to the Holocaust.
1941 is cleaned of the worst Pogroms ever done and achieved by the Lithuanian militias a part of its population made possible by the withdrawal of the red army due the German army progress.
The official presentation of the conference (here below) is an indigestible logorrhea in focused on the Lithuanian obsessions regarding the WW II as a local war and excluding the Pogroms.
The problem is that these fraudulent maneuvers took place in the Parliament of State member of the European Union with the participation of member of Parliaments and officials.
The conference was presented by Irena Degutenia, Member of the Parliament and who honored a movie glorifying ther Militia L.A.F which took a substantial part in the pogrom of June 1941 and collaborated with the Nazis.
Lithuania as Latvia, Hungary and Romania feel no obligations to apply the basic rules of the European Ethos, as much as the European Authorities never react in the field of Ethics expect for the attitude of France towards the Roms. We might think that European authorities is not afraid to criticize the main European democracies but seems to have fear regarding the less ethical member States.
We may see from the conference program and from the declarations made during this conference that Lithuania refused to face the reality of its action as Germany had the courage to do it.
The first evident historic fact is that no resistance act was made since the so called “resistants” starts their abominable slaughters of the Jewish population and not against Russians when the Red Army withdrew from the main cities because of the German Army advance.
Dr Joachim Tauber (German participant) mentioned during the conference the enthusiastic reception made by the Lithuanian population made to the Nazis envaders.
This preference for Nazis is still in force “today” as it can be seen from the annual and duly authorized Nazi parade in the Street of Vilnius for the day of Independence of this Country as this done in Latvia to honor the memory of the Latvian Waffen SS today during the day of legionaries.
We are not aware of protestation by the European Commission regarding these facts.
This preference is also visible in many musea of Lithuania and in particular in the museum of Genocide which excludes the Holocaust and in the museum of the 9th Fort concentration camp (see below).
II- LITHUANIAN MILITIAS AND POGROMS
As a result of the German Army advance, the Russian army start a to withdraw from main Lithuanian cities; the Lithuanian Activist Front –LAF- and the paramilitary group of Algirdas Klimaitis with the support of a part of the population took this opportunity to start one of the wildest pogrom of Eastern Europe, in particular in Kaunas area.
From 25 June to 29 June 1941, 3800 Jews were beaten to death in the city of Kaunas and 1 200 in the area. 5 000 Jews were then beaten to death in Kaunas; this figure does not take account the less important pogroms which took place out of Kaunas ‘area.
The main places of exactions were the Lietukis garage and the 7th and 9th Forts 7.
On 29 October the Sonderkommando of Joachim Hamann , the Einsatzkommando 3 and the Lithuanians so called resistants murdered in the sole day of 29 October 1941, 9200 other Jews of Kaunas: 2007 men, 2920 women and 4273 children at the 9th Fort.
Recently Ponar’s monument was desecrated by the heirs of these partisans. They wrote “Hitler was right” in Russian to add hatred to hatred and painted a Swastika.
Lithuanian Jewish population was massacred at 96% which is the highest extermination rate in Europe eased by the Lithuanians collaborators (196 000 victims out of a population of 205 000).
III-MAIN VICTIMS OF NAZI PERIOD ACCORDING TO THE MUSEUM OF THE 9TH
FORT – AN ILLUSTRATION OF THE OBFUSCATION STRATEGY
Forty six Lithuanian intellectuals were deported to the camp of Stutthof
Sixteen Lithuanian Journalists were deported to the camp of Stutthof.
The indications regarding the Holocaust are very difficult to see and have a very limited space.
This museum is meanwhile the vestibule of the concentration camp of the 9th Fort.
IV-TYPICAL DOCUMENT ILLUSTRATING THE COLLABORATION BETWEEN
LITHUANIANS AND GERMANY
REPORT IN LITHUANIAN – LITHUANIAN SS SECTION AND POLICE
DOCUMENT WRITTEN IN LITHUANIAN FOR LITHUANIANS
Internal documents of German occupation authorities being written in German
Date: 26 December 1943
This information is given in addition to the Radiogram:
59 Jews out of which 2 women and 3 Bandits have escaped (9th Fort)
Description of the two women
1-40 years old, brunette, wearing a sheep fur and probably man pants. She has one tooth in the upper jaw.
2-25 years old, medium size, wearing a blue scarf and black shoes
Description of the men
16 men are wearing dirty war prisoner uniforms; they have a typical Jewish look;
One of them is 60 years old and has a beard;
Another is named Blum and he is from Warsaw, and was living in Kaunas; he is an accountant married with a polish woman and has a child of 12 months.
-The three bandits are the brothers Karganovsi from Kuniskes in Russia :
Arseni 31, Makari 28 and Vasili 21.
All other fugitives are between 20 and 60 years old “and have a specific smell”; they might wear German uniforms and would try to flee in the Russian hills. We will send another report on the 59 Jews and 3 bandits. All police departments must be immediately informed and start to search them. LITHUANIAN POLICE COMMANDER
V-THE VERY PRECARIOUS SITUATION OF LITHUANIAN JEWS WAS SO EVIDENT
THAT A RIGHTEOUS JAPANESE DIPLOMAT REACTED POSITIVELY IN 1940
The very precarious situation of the Jews in Lithuania due to Nazi progress was felt in 1940 by the Righteous Japanese General-Consul Chiune Sugihara.
From July 31, 1940 to 4 September 1940 when the Japanese Consulate in Kaunas was closed, he issued with the support of his wife and against the order of his hierarchy more than 3000 10 day transit visas for Jews and organized their train transport with Russian authorities. From Japan, the Jews have fled to Shanghai or Australia. He was working 20 hours a day to issue these handwritten visas and continued in the train when he left Kaunas throwing the visas and blank papers with the seal of the Consulate through the windows to the refugees.
The Conference is dedicated to the Year of Remembrance of Defense of Freedom and Great Losses and the victims of occupation, terror and the war between the totalitarian regimes.
Opening: 29 June 2011, 10:00 a.m.
Venue: Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania, Vilnius
Type: political, scientific, commemorative
Participating states: Belarus, Estonia, Germany, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Sweden, and USA
Conference participants: Famous eye-witnesses to historical events, historians, political scientists, NGOs, communities, history teachers, foreign diplomats, students, and journalists Languages: Lithuanian, English, Russian
Wednesday, 29 June 2011
March 11 Hall
Mr Algis Kašėta, Member of the Seimas
of the Republic of Lithuania
Dr Arūnas Bubnys, Director, Genocide and Resistance Research Department, Genocide and Resistance Research Centre of Lithuania
Welcome by Mrs Irena Degutienė, Speaker of the Seimas
Welcome by Prof Vytautas Landsbergis, Speaker of the Supreme Council – Reconstituent Seimas, Signatory to the Independence Act of Lithuania, MEP
Vengeance of retreat: Soviet war crimes in Lithuania at the end of June 1941
Speaker: Ms Birutė Teresė Burauskaitė, Director General, Genocide and Resistance Research Centre of Lithuania
Beginning of the Soviet genocide: 1939-1941
Speaker: Mr Arimantas Dumčius, Member of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania
“Lithuania’s residents were very friendly towards us.” Reports on the Wehrmacht march from the German army newspapers
Speaker: Dr Joachim Tauber, Director, Institute for Culture and History of Germans in North-East Europe, Lüneburg, Germany
June Uprising of 1941 in Lithuania
Speaker: Mr Alfredas Rukšėnas, Chief Specialist-Programme Coordinator, Genocide and Resistance Research Centre of Lithuania
How Lithuania’s provisional government saw political opportunities for Lithuanians?
Report of Dr Kęstutis Ignas Skrupskelis, Professor Emeritus of the University of South Carolina, USA, read out by journalist Mr Vidmantas Valiušaitis
Mr Arvydas Anušauskas, Chairman of the Seimas Committee on National Security and Defence
Mr Algirdas Jakubčionis, Associate Professor, Faculty of History, Vilnius University
The1941 – Nazi propaganda in the BalticStates: forms, methods, and tendencies
Speaker: Prof Dr Julija Kantor, Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia, Sankt Petersburg
Belarus in 1941: occupation, collaboration and resistance
Speaker: Dr Jevgenij Greben, Associate Professor, Head of the Philosophy and History Department, Belarusian State Agrarian Technical University in Minsk, Belarus
Activities of the alleged and true German spies
in Latvia from June to July 1941
Speaker: Dr Ritvars Jansons, Researcher, Museum
of the Occupation of Latvia in Riga, Latvia
Establishment of governmental authorities in Estonia at the start of the Nazi occupation in 1941
Speaker: Dr Meelis Maripuu, Research Fellow, Estonian Institute of Historical Memory, Estonia
PARTICIPATION CANCELLED PARTICIPATION CANCELLED
Collaborator: traitor, patriot or killer? Reflectionsoncollaboration
Speaker: Dr Aharon Shneyer, Senior staffmemberHallof Names Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem, Israel
PARTICIPATION CANCELLED PARTICIPATION CANCELLED
Thursday,30 June 2011
Prof Juozas Skirius, Faculty of History, Vilnius Pedagogical University
Mr Arūnas Streikus, Associate Professor, Faculty of History, Vilnius University
Deportation of the Lithuanians from the Suvalkai Region in 1941 and their destinies
Speaker: Dr Bronius Makauskas, Chief Specialist-Programme Coordinator, Genocide and Resistance Research Centre of Lithuania
Twists and turns in the history and memory of the 1941 genocide of Lithuania’s Jews in view of new investigations, old stereotypes and public discourse
Speaker: Dr Saulius Sužiedėlis, Professor Emeritus of Millersville University, USA
Lithuanian press during the first months of the Nazi occupation
Speaker: Mr Antanas Leparskas, Student of Doctoral Studies, Department of Modern History, Faculty of History, Vilnius University
Prof Zenonas Butkus, Faculty of History, Vilnius University
Mr Povilas Jakučionis, Chairman, Lithuanian Union of Political Prisoners and Deportees
Restoration of Lithuania’s statehood in the international sphere in 1941-1945: Lithuanian political projections and diplomatic speculations
Speaker: Dr Algimantas Kasparavičius, Associate Professor, Senior Research Fellow, Lithuanian Institute of History
Standpoint of the Swedish government towards
the Baltic States’ statehood in 1940-1941
Speaker: Mr Jonas Öhman, translator and documentary firm producer, from Sweden
Nazi and Soviet crimes: challenges for understanding and evaluating
Speaker: Mr Ronaldas Račinskas, Executive Director, Secretariat of the International Commission for the Evaluation of the Crimes of the Nazi and Soviet Regimes in Lithuania
VII - CONFERENCE REPORT BY PROFESSOR DOVID KATZ
EDITOR OF http://holocaustinthebaltics.com
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