Lithuania stands with Ukraine. Resolutely. Absolutely. So much so, Lithuania has seemingly changed its national moniker to “Stand with Ukraine”. But, do they really stand with Ukraine?

For Putin to be held accountable for his crimes against Ukrainians, there must be an established standard of truth. Currently, Lithuania ensures that truth in the region does not exist. Source: Lithuanian government Twitter feed

It is over five years since I asked the Government of Lithuania a very simple question: “In your opinion, was the Lithuanian Nationalist Party (LNP), active in Lithuania in 1941, a criminal organization which collaborated with the Nazi regime in perpetrating the persecution and genocide of Lithuania’s residents?” In fact, the Lithuanian Nationalist Party did not only collaborate, they acted on their own initiative with no encouragement from Nazis.

Lithuania is apparently unable to formulate this opinion on the murder of 220,000 Jews eighty years ago. How will they possibly formulate an opinion on Putin’s slaughter of Ukrainians now? If they are able to articulate an opinion on Russia’s attack on Ukraine, then why are they unable to articulate an opinion on their own slaughterers of their Jews? Antisemitism? Fraud? Holocaust denial, revision and distortion? Hypocrisy?

Lithuania has lied so comprehensively about the Holocaust, they have provided Putin a roadmap of how to deny his crimes and escape culpability for mass murder and genocide. Unlike Lithuania, I do stand with Ukraine – completely. Human rights atrocities must be prosecuted. Truth must be told. There must be accountability. I condemn Putin and look forward to the day he is placed on trial for his crimes, just as the Lithuanian murderers of their Jews should have been. Lithuania did not punish a single Holocaust perpetrator. We can only hope that the world rejects Lithuania’s action standards and does prosecute Putin.

The Lithuanian legal standard for Holocaust crimes is that unless a perpetrator was tried and convicted during their lifetime, they MUST be considered “completely innocent”. This standard means Lithuania considers Putin, Hitler and Stalin “completely innocent”. In stretching so far to rewrite history, Lithuania has provided the world a master class in rewriting genocides.

Dani Dayan, the Chairman of Yad Vashem was recently in Lithuania. He called for an admission of truth about the Holocaust from the Government of Lithuania. Does the Government of Lithuania designate / define / recognize that the murderers of the Jews were criminals? Or, is mass murdering Jews not considered a crime?

Lithuania’s willful frauds do not bode well for the truth as requested by Mr. Dayan. Nonetheless, Jewish organizations return to Lithuania year after year after year, plaintively begging Lithuania to finally tell the truth. Lithuania never has, and never will. Repeating the same requests with no changes from Lithuania is a waste of time. Organizations such as AJC can prostrate themselves in front of Lithuania to their heart’s content, they have achieved no progress towards truth in 30 years. Fundraising off the ethereal hope that Lithuania might change, is humiliating to Jews. Lithuanian positions are known and firm. There will be no truth from Lithuania.

The Genocide Resistance and Research Centre, an agency of the Government of Lithuania tasked with the fraudulent rewriting of Lithuanian Holocaust history, has not expressed an official position nor made public a specific publication about the Lithuanian Nationalist Party. With assistance from a historian, I conducted a comprehensive investigation of historical documents related to the Lithuanian Nationalist Party (LNP), which was active in Lithuania during the Second World War. In the journal “Genocide and Resistance”, which the Government publishes, we were able to find the following comments by historians about the LNP’s activity: Advertisement

On February 12, 1953, under interrogation by the KGB, when asked, what anti-Soviet organization formed Self-Defense Battalions, General Staff Lieutenant Colonel J. Jankauskas explained that to him it was “known that the Lithuanian Nationalist Party (LNP), which was led at the time by Lithuanian army major Valerijonas Verbickas [should be: Leonas Virbickas], formed three battalions, which mostly consisted of LNP members. These battalions differed from others in that they were considered Special Purpose battalions. These three battalions were led by former aviation major Kazys Šimkus. The Special Purpose battalions, led by major K. Šimkus, conducted mass shootings of Soviet citizens in Lithuanian territory. […]

It is strange that Holocaust investigators have yet to turn their attention to this assertion. In our opinion, it confirms once again the fact that the Nazis tried in all manner of ways to use Lithuanians for their own purposes, one of which was “the final solution of the Jewish question”. For this they used as well the services of LNP members, also known as Voldemarists. Especially active was one of the leaders of the LNP, famous for his nationalist views, major J. Pyragius. Thus the information about the three special purpose battalions formed on the initiative of the LNP and under the jurisdiction of the former German security police, SD, is worthy of attention.”

Juozas Jankauskas. Lietuvos kariuomenės karininkai – antinacinio ir antisovietinio pasipriešinimo dalyviai. Genocidas ir rezistencija. 2003. 1(13), psl. 147–165.

Viewed formally, typical Lithuanian collaborators can be held to be members of the pro-Nazi Lithuanian Nationalist Party, the General Counsel and the Lithuanian Police Battalion. Advertisement

The Pro-German Lithuanian Nationalist Party was mostly made up of Voldemarists and acted legally. It professed National Socialist ideology and hoped for Lithuania to achieve the status of Germany’s junior partner. The LNP was against the formation of an autonomous Provisional Government, and later, with German support, organized a military conspiracy against it. Blinded by Germany’s military power, the Voldemarists urged defeating Bolshevism with the Germans, and later discussing Lithuania’s statehood with them. The Voldemarist Juozas Pyragius with childish naivety spoke to Leonas Prapuolenis: “Hitler is said to have said that after the war, in New Europe, Lithuania will be an independent and large state.” At first, Voldemarists, being enemies of political pluralism – “plutocratic democracy”, sought to establish a Lithuanian National Socialist Party (Pranas GermantasMeškauskas), but the Germans decided that National Socialism belonged to them alone. The SS was the prototype for reestablishing the “Iron Wolf” (Geležinis vilkas) organization. However, the Nazis had no use even for a party that was loyal to them, because it raised the threat of a legal opposition, even more so as the LNP spoke of restoring statehood and criticized anti-Lithuanian German politics. On December 17, 1941, the LNP was banned. Nobody doubted the patriotism of LNP members, however, their open collaboration with Nazis hurt Lithuania more than it benefited it. Their leaders (P. Kubilius, Bronius Draugelis, Kazys Šimkus, Ignas Taunys and others) become perpetrators, executors of Nazi anti-human and racist laws which were completely unhelpful for Lithuania. It is hard to justify their activity.”

Vytautas Tininis. „Kolaboravimo“ sąvoka Lietuvos istorijos kontekste. Genocidas ir rezistencija. 2001. Nr. 1 (9)

“It can be said that the most clear-cut fact about the collaboration of the Lithuanian civil authority with Nazi occupiers is its participation in the genocide of Lithuania’s Jews.”

Arūnas Bubnys. “Lietuvių savivalda.” Lietuva 1940-1990. Okupuotos Lietuvos Istorija. Vilnius, 2007. (psl.197)

On April 17, 2015, at a conference in Vilnius, historian Saulius Sužiedėlis called the Lithuanian National Party “an organized gang of criminals”.

Although the above cited quotations of historians support the conclusion that the LNP was an organization active across Lithuania which collaborated with the Nazi regime in perpetrating crimes against humanity, the International Commission for the Evaluation of the Crimes of the Nazi and Soviet Occupation Regimes in Lithuania, in its conclusions on April 20, 2005, did not list the LNP among Lithuanian organizations that were guilty. The conclusions note:

“German organizations, which controlled the pace and scope of genocide, in persecuting and exterminating Jews, collaborated with and used many Lithuanian paramilitary, police and administrative organizations:

  1. units of irregular forces, which formed spontaneously or quickly at the start of the war;
  2. TDA (National Work Defense) units, later renamed Self-Defense battalions, units, that in the literature are often known as Schutzmannschaften, which played a grave role in the Holocaust, participating in the mass murder of Jews not only in Lithuania but also other countries, notably

Belarus and Ukraine;

  1. the Kaunas police department and many local police officers throughout Lithuania;
  2. Lithuanian security police agents and officers;
  3. many units of the Lithuanian civil administration.”

Tarptautinė komisija nacių ir sovietinio okupacinių režimų nusikaltimams Lietuvoje įvertinti. Nacių okupacijos pakomisė.

III.2.2.1 Žydų naikinimas 1941 m. vasarą ir rudenį. Komisijos patvirtintos išvados. 2005m. balandžio 20d. (suredaguota S.Sužiedėlio 2005m. gegužės 6 d.)

Below is a list of documents and sources which may help the Lithuanian government comprehensively investigate the criminal activity of the LNP against Lithuania’s Jewish citizens and Jews from other countries in Europe. Hopefully, Mr. Dayan will be able to elicit a formal “opinion” from Lithuania. I doubt it.

Dokumentai ir šaltiniai nušviečiantys

Lietuvių nacionalistų partiją (LNP),

jos veiklą, dalyvius ir aplinkybes

Su LNP susiję dokumentai ir jų juodraščiai

logotipu ir 1941.08.13 komendantūros prašymas

1941.10.04 Lietuvių Nacionalistų Partijos Vado Mjr.L.Virbicko kalba pasakyta 1941 m. spalių mėn. 4 d. laike priėmimo pas p.Generalkomisarą Dr.von Renteln LYA LKP f.3377, a.58, b.271,

l.21-22

Su LNP veikla po Lietuvą susiję dokumentai

1941.10.20 LNP Biržų ap.vadovybės laiškas Skrebotiškio parapijos klebonui rinkti aukas LYA LKP f.3377, a.55, b.38, l.50

LNP dokumentų rinkiniai

LNP spauda

Panevėžietis

Nr.19, 1941.XI.21, “Lietuvių Nacionalistų Partijos Panevėžio Apygardos ir Apskrities vadovybė buvo priimta Srities Komisaro Pono Neum”

Tėvynė (Šiauliuose)

Naujoji gadynė (Marijampolėje)

Žemaičių žemė (Telšiuose)

Naujosios Biržų žinios

LNP raidžių naudojimas Kauno karo komendantūroje

Šaltiniai apie LNP, jos veiklą ir dalyvius

Arūnas Bubnys, Vokiečių okupuota Lietuva (1941-1944). Lietuvos gyventojų genocido ir rezistencijos tyrimo centras. Vilnius, 1998.

Šaltiniai apie LNP veiklą po Lietuvą

1941 m. vasarą ir rudenį. Vilnius, 2006. psl.60 (Zapyškis)

1941.07.23-24 pučas

Jonas Pyragius. Kovosiu kol gyvas. Lietuvos technikos muziejus. Kaunas, 1993. psl.157-158. Į Laisvę, 1955, Nr.7 (44), “Svečiuose pas Kurmį.” Adolfas Damušis. “Į Laisvę pirmas lapas.” Antanas Mažiulis.

2-4

Pučo tikslas – skriausti žydus

  1. psl.447

1964.01.15 J.Pyragius, K.Šimkus, I.Taunys. Atviras laiškas Lietuvių enciklopedijos leidyklai.

Nepriklausoma Lietuva. Taip pat perspausdinta su papildomu redakcijos prierašu: 1964.01.29 Prašė vokiečius, kad sušaudytų lietuvius. Vienybė, Niujorkas.

Michael MacQueen. “Nazi Policy toward the Jews in the Reichskomissariat Ostland, JuneDecember 1941: From White Terror to Holocaust in Lithuania” (ps.92, 98, 101) Bitter Legacy: Confronting the Holocaust in the USSR. red. Zvi Gitelman. Indiana University Press. Bloomington and Indianapolis. 1997.

Sovietų parengtos baudžiamosios bylos

(sovietams) l.15, Ltn.Vytauto Stanevičius parodymas (Lietuvai) l.28 (1-3), Lietuvos saugumo policijos pranešimai l.37-38, l.41, l.44, l.49, l.51, priedas prie bylos: l.7-9, l.19, l.22-23

Lietuvos ambasadorių laiškai

LNP ištakos ir aplinkybės

03.06, 03.13, 03.20 www.epaveldas.lt

Mindaugas Tamošaitis. Valstiečiai liaudininkai jungtiniame antismetoninės opozicijos sąjūdyje

„Ašis“ (1938–1939 m. pradžia). Lituanistica. 2011. T. 57. Nr. 4(86), psl. 386–404.

Campaign Against the Jews, July 1941-January 1943. Yitzhak Arad (Author), Shmuel Krakowski (Author), Shmuel Spector

Lietuvos saugumo policijos bylos

LCVA f.378, a.13, b.101 Lietuvos saugumo policija apie voldemarininkų sąmokslą 1939 m.

LNP asmenybės

  1. psl.51-53 Stasys Kvietys-Kviecinskas. “Maskvos nuteistas už akių.”
  1. “ypatingai nusipelniusiam” “Masinės žudynės Lietuvoje”, psl.52-53

LNP asmenybės – bendri šaltiniai

LNP paveldas

1946.10.15 D.P.Sąžinė. Laisvoji Lietuva. Nr.4

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Lithuania stands with Ukraine. Resolutely. Absolutely. So much so, Lithuania has seemingly changed its national moniker to “Stand with Ukraine”. But, do they really stand with Ukraine?

For Putin to be held accountable for his crimes against Ukrainians, there must be an established standard of truth. Currently, Lithuania ensures that truth in the region does not exist. Source: Lithuanian government Twitter feed

It is over five years since I asked the Government of Lithuania a very simple question: “In your opinion, was the Lithuanian Nationalist Party (LNP), active in Lithuania in 1941, a criminal organization which collaborated with the Nazi regime in perpetrating the persecution and genocide of Lithuania’s residents?” In fact, the Lithuanian Nationalist Party did not only collaborate, they acted on their own initiative with no encouragement from Nazis.

Lithuania is apparently unable to formulate this opinion on the murder of 220,000 Jews eighty years ago. How will they possibly formulate an opinion on Putin’s slaughter of Ukrainians now? If they are able to articulate an opinion on Russia’s attack on Ukraine, then why are they unable to articulate an opinion on their own slaughterers of their Jews? Antisemitism? Fraud? Holocaust denial, revision and distortion? Hypocrisy?

Lithuania has lied so comprehensively about the Holocaust, they have provided Putin a roadmap of how to deny his crimes and escape culpability for mass murder and genocide. Unlike Lithuania, I do stand with Ukraine – completely. Human rights atrocities must be prosecuted. Truth must be told. There must be accountability. I condemn Putin and look forward to the day he is placed on trial for his crimes, just as the Lithuanian murderers of their Jews should have been. Lithuania did not punish a single Holocaust perpetrator. We can only hope that the world rejects Lithuania’s action standards and does prosecute Putin.

The Lithuanian legal standard for Holocaust crimes is that unless a perpetrator was tried and convicted during their lifetime, they MUST be considered “completely innocent”. This standard means Lithuania considers Putin, Hitler and Stalin “completely innocent”. In stretching so far to rewrite history, Lithuania has provided the world a master class in rewriting genocides.

Dani Dayan, the Chairman of Yad Vashem was recently in Lithuania. He called for an admission of truth about the Holocaust from the Government of Lithuania. Does the Government of Lithuania designate / define / recognize that the murderers of the Jews were criminals? Or, is mass murdering Jews not considered a crime?

Lithuania’s willful frauds do not bode well for the truth as requested by Mr. Dayan. Nonetheless, Jewish organizations return to Lithuania year after year after year, plaintively begging Lithuania to finally tell the truth. Lithuania never has, and never will. Repeating the same requests with no changes from Lithuania is a waste of time. Organizations such as AJC can prostrate themselves in front of Lithuania to their heart’s content, they have achieved no progress towards truth in 30 years. Fundraising off the ethereal hope that Lithuania might change, is humiliating to Jews. Lithuanian positions are known and firm. There will be no truth from Lithuania.

The Genocide Resistance and Research Centre, an agency of the Government of Lithuania tasked with the fraudulent rewriting of Lithuanian Holocaust history, has not expressed an official position nor made public a specific publication about the Lithuanian Nationalist Party. With assistance from a historian, I conducted a comprehensive investigation of historical documents related to the Lithuanian Nationalist Party (LNP), which was active in Lithuania during the Second World War. In the journal “Genocide and Resistance”, which the Government publishes, we were able to find the following comments by historians about the LNP’s activity: Advertisement

On February 12, 1953, under interrogation by the KGB, when asked, what anti-Soviet organization formed Self-Defense Battalions, General Staff Lieutenant Colonel J. Jankauskas explained that to him it was “known that the Lithuanian Nationalist Party (LNP), which was led at the time by Lithuanian army major Valerijonas Verbickas [should be: Leonas Virbickas], formed three battalions, which mostly consisted of LNP members. These battalions differed from others in that they were considered Special Purpose battalions. These three battalions were led by former aviation major Kazys Šimkus. The Special Purpose battalions, led by major K. Šimkus, conducted mass shootings of Soviet citizens in Lithuanian territory. […]

It is strange that Holocaust investigators have yet to turn their attention to this assertion. In our opinion, it confirms once again the fact that the Nazis tried in all manner of ways to use Lithuanians for their own purposes, one of which was “the final solution of the Jewish question”. For this they used as well the services of LNP members, also known as Voldemarists. Especially active was one of the leaders of the LNP, famous for his nationalist views, major J. Pyragius. Thus the information about the three special purpose battalions formed on the initiative of the LNP and under the jurisdiction of the former German security police, SD, is worthy of attention.”

Juozas Jankauskas. Lietuvos kariuomenės karininkai – antinacinio ir antisovietinio pasipriešinimo dalyviai. Genocidas ir rezistencija. 2003. 1(13), psl. 147–165.

Viewed formally, typical Lithuanian collaborators can be held to be members of the pro-Nazi Lithuanian Nationalist Party, the General Counsel and the Lithuanian Police Battalion. Advertisement

The Pro-German Lithuanian Nationalist Party was mostly made up of Voldemarists and acted legally. It professed National Socialist ideology and hoped for Lithuania to achieve the status of Germany’s junior partner. The LNP was against the formation of an autonomous Provisional Government, and later, with German support, organized a military conspiracy against it. Blinded by Germany’s military power, the Voldemarists urged defeating Bolshevism with the Germans, and later discussing Lithuania’s statehood with them. The Voldemarist Juozas Pyragius with childish naivety spoke to Leonas Prapuolenis: “Hitler is said to have said that after the war, in New Europe, Lithuania will be an independent and large state.” At first, Voldemarists, being enemies of political pluralism – “plutocratic democracy”, sought to establish a Lithuanian National Socialist Party (Pranas GermantasMeškauskas), but the Germans decided that National Socialism belonged to them alone. The SS was the prototype for reestablishing the “Iron Wolf” (Geležinis vilkas) organization. However, the Nazis had no use even for a party that was loyal to them, because it raised the threat of a legal opposition, even more so as the LNP spoke of restoring statehood and criticized anti-Lithuanian German politics. On December 17, 1941, the LNP was banned. Nobody doubted the patriotism of LNP members, however, their open collaboration with Nazis hurt Lithuania more than it benefited it. Their leaders (P. Kubilius, Bronius Draugelis, Kazys Šimkus, Ignas Taunys and others) become perpetrators, executors of Nazi anti-human and racist laws which were completely unhelpful for Lithuania. It is hard to justify their activity.”

Vytautas Tininis. „Kolaboravimo“ sąvoka Lietuvos istorijos kontekste. Genocidas ir rezistencija. 2001. Nr. 1 (9)

“It can be said that the most clear-cut fact about the collaboration of the Lithuanian civil authority with Nazi occupiers is its participation in the genocide of Lithuania’s Jews.”

Arūnas Bubnys. “Lietuvių savivalda.” Lietuva 1940-1990. Okupuotos Lietuvos Istorija. Vilnius, 2007. (psl.197)

On April 17, 2015, at a conference in Vilnius, historian Saulius Sužiedėlis called the Lithuanian National Party “an organized gang of criminals”.

Although the above cited quotations of historians support the conclusion that the LNP was an organization active across Lithuania which collaborated with the Nazi regime in perpetrating crimes against humanity, the International........

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