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April 18, 2011

the killing of the Jews in Lithuania

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, World War II — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 9:38 am

Lithuanian man standing over the bodies of dead Jews

The famous photo above is from some film footage taken by the Germans in Lithuania in 1941.  I saw the film years ago in a TV documentary.

Here is the back story: The Soviet Union invaded Lithuania in 1940 and annexed the country with the approval of Germany. On June 22, 1941, the Germans broke their non-aggression pact with the Russians and invaded the Soviet Union, but before getting into Russia, they first invaded Lithuania, which had a large ethnic German population and a small number of Jews.  Before the Germans arrived, some of the Lithuanians started killing the Jews of their own volition.