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June 21, 2015

Memorial to Lithuanian Jews coming down

Filed under: Holocaust, World War II — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 10:15 am
Lithuanians killing Jews as German soldiers watch

Lithuanians killing Jews as German soldiers watch

I have previously written about the killing of the Lithuanian Jews on these two blog posts:

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2014/01/28/us-holocaust-memorial-museum-has-a-new-exhibit-on-the-lithuanian-jews/

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/04/18/the-killing-of-the-jews-in-lithuania/

Now the subject of the Lithuanian Jews is in the news again.

Memorial to Lithuanian Jews killed in the Holocaust is  coming down

Holocaust memorial wall in Vilnius, Lithuania

The caption on the photo above reads:

Shmuel Levin, chairman of the Jewish religious Community of Vilnius and Lithuania, leans against a wall of the power substation built of tombstones from a Jewish cemetery in Vilnius. City officials want to tear the substation down and return the tombstones used to build it to Lithuania’s tiny Jewish community, which was nearly wiped out during the the Holocaust.

This quote is from the news article, which you can read in full here:

As the last generation of Holocaust survivors begin to leave us, it is more imperative than ever that, as an international community, we assure that the memory of the greatest tragedy of the 20th century does not perish with them.

As a descendent of Lithuanian Holocaust victims, I have spent the last 20 years assuring that the awareness of the Holocaust in Lithuania is not forgotten: 212,000 Lithuanian Jews perished under the hands of the Nazi and Lithuanian collaborators. Yet, the only Holocaust memorial in the country’s capital stands hidden away from public view. This monument, which I have commissioned and aptly named Flame of Hope, is a vital physical reminder of the Shoah in Lithuania, and it is my deepest hope that the newly appointed Commission on Jewish Affairs seriously considers moving the monument to a more public site in the center of Vilnius, where its message can resound within the republic and the rest of the world.

Listening to the sound of my mother’s sobbing after the loss of her father, brother, family and friends in Lithuania, as well as taunts of “Polaca cochina” (Dirty Jew) from my Costa Rican classmates motivated me to spearhead a campaign to install a Holocaust monument in Lithuania to commemorate the genocide of 96.4 percent of the Nation’s Jews during the Holocaust.

What a revolting development this is!  The poor Lithuanian Jews, who never did  anyone any harm, will now have their beautiful memorial removed.