Lithuanian anti-Semitic poster (1941) equating Stalinism and Judasism. The Lithuanians were willing collaborators with the Nazis and have much Jewish blood on their hands from the Holocaust, which they enthusiastically supported. Kaufft nicht bei President Adamkus!
Where the Nazi henchmen of World War II are concerned, most Lithuanians hurry to set themselves apart from their Baltic neighbours, the Latvians and Estonians. They keep saying, “There was no SS division recruited in Lithuania”, but, their actions prove the contrary. Although there was no Lithuanian SS division, there were auxiliary police battalions, whose ill-fame spread far beyond Lithuania’s borders. Lithuanian police units slaughtered both the Jewish population of Lithuania, which was confined and killed in ghettos, and Red Army servicemen taken prisoner. Twelve Lithuanian police battalions, totalling 4,850 men, led by Major Antanas Impulyavichius, left a trail of blood in Belarus as well, burning down several dozen villages. Over 200 villagers from Khatyn, which became a symbol of tragedy of the Belarusian people, were burnt alive on Major Impulyavichius’ order. The Genocide and Resistance Research Centre of Lithuania officially acknowledged that this unit is responsible for the murder of over 20,000 Belarusian civilians who were in no way connected with combat actions.
After gaining independence in 1991, Lithuanian authorities tried to partly admit liability for atrocities committed by their fellow countrymen. Algirdas Brazauskas, former First Secretary of Lithuania’s Communist Party, and, then, President of the independent Republic of Lithuania, during his visit to Israel in 1995, offered apologies on behalf of the Lithuanian people. Lithuania’s ambassador to Belarus was always present at the events commemorating the burnt Belarusian villages. In recent years, however, the political environment in Lithuania saw a major shift. Although Ceslovas Jursenas, Speaker of the Lithuanian Parliament, delivered a speech on Holocaust Memorial Day on 23 September in Panerai outside Vilnius, the authorities’ attitude towards Jews is gradually changing from repentance to threats and insults. It is no secret that Lithuania’s current President, Valdas Adamkus, collaborated with the Nazis during WWII, enlisting in one of the “auxiliary units”. It is not by accident that in 1944 he fled to Germany, and after living there some time, he moved to the United States.
After the Nazis launched their attack on the USSR in June 1941, immediately after the Red Army withdrew from Lithuania, Lithuanian volunteer militia units started exterminating the Jewish population. In Kaunas alone, over 9,000 Jews were killed in just one day. By the end of 1941, thanks to the “high efficiency” of the Lithuanian volunteers, around 80 percent of the country’s 200,000 Jews were killed, accused of being “Bolshevik henchmen”. Today, there are 2,800 Jews left in Lithuania. Still, the government is unable to ensure their security. In recent years, many friends turned into enemies. Last September, the Lithuanian Prosecutor’s Office demanded the extradition from Israel of a former member of the Lithuanian NKVD (People’s Commissariat for Internal Affairs), Yitzhak Arad, to charge him for killing Nazi collaborators, who are now proudly called “partisans”. The government is making every effort to confuse the Soviets and the Nazis, and are trying to make “Soviet” a synonym for “Nazi”.
In 2000, Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus signed a decree to establish a commission for the investigation of Nazi and Soviet crimes. In 2005, he refused to attend the 60th anniversary of Victory Day in Moscow to pay tribute to the memory of the fallen in the fight against Nazism. Several months ago a law forbidding the use of Nazi and Soviet symbols was passed in Lithuania. The attitude of the Lithuanian government towards World War II veterans also seems inexplicable. Everyone who took part in the war was put together in a single category, no matter on which side they fought, so, therefore, a former Nazi could easily go marching through Lithuanian streets. Marches of Nazi “veterans”, however, haven’t become a regular event in Lithuania yet, unlike in Latvia and Estonia. The Simon Wiesenthal Center’s investigation in Lithuania to identify absconding former Nazi collaborationists was confronted with opposition from the government. The centre’s director Efraim Zuroff, who has collected data on over 360 suspects, said Lithuanian politicians refuse to prosecute Nazi criminals, claiming that many Lithuanians were victims of war crimes, not criminals. Although they (the Baltic states) talk a lot of their suffering during the Soviet era, they do nothing to punish the murderers who collaborated with the Nazis. The government is reluctant to reveal the true number of Lithuanians who were involved in atrocities, Mr Zuroff said. Currently, Lithuania is included on the organisation’s black-list as a country taking no substantial action to identify Nazi collaborators, despite the existing legal basis for that. Along with Lithuania, this group also includes Croatia, Latvia, Estonia, and the Ukraine.
2 October 2008
Monument to the Poles killed by Ukrainian UPA bandits in 1943-1945, Przemyśl, Poland. 100,000 Poles were murdered by Ukrainian nationalists in Volhynia alone. The UPA had a slogan, “Long live the Ukraine without Jews, Poles, and Germans; the Poles behind the river San, the Germans to Berlin, and the Jews to the gallows”… This is what the neocons (especially Bush, McCain, and Palin) support. Draw the proper conclusion...
Bosnia, Croatia, the Ukraine (especially Galicia), Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia are the most anti-Semitic states in Europe. They are the darlings of the US neocons, many of whose leading lights are secular non-observant Jews. Go figure! Of course, this leads to an interesting discussion, which I am NOT going to duck. No doubt, I shall end by being equally vilified both by anti-Semites and non-observant Jews, so that is a sign that I may be on to something. To wit, President Yushchenko of the Ukraine gave a posthumous medal to a Galician SS-Stürmbannführer. Latvia and Estonia honour the veterans of the Waffen-SS and attack the memory of Red Army veterans. Lithuania, as seen above, is shielding Nazis. Bosnia and Croatia approve of the actions of the World War II Ustashi… and the neocons smile benignly at all of this.
Most Americans are ignorant of the history of the region, especially the period surrounding World War II, so, they are fooled by clever PR coming from these sources (much of which is delivered by individuals from their North American diasporas). However, sadly, these peoples are amongst the most vile and nastiest peoples on the face of the planet, bar none (Pol Pot could have learned a trick or two from them, to be sure). How many in the USA know of the massacre of 600,000 Orthodox Serbs in Croatia by the Ustashi? How many know of the two Bosnian Muslim SS divisions (along with another raised from Kosovar Albanians) that were disbanded by Himmler because even he found them inhumane, cruel, and beyond all standards? How many know that the Jews of Poland were rounded up by Lithuanian police (because the Poles, to their credit, refused to do so) and sent to death camps guarded by Uniate Galicians (often mislabelled “Ukrainians”). The Latvians and Estonians raised a higher proportion of volunteers for the SS than did any other country, how many know that?
In short, we are talking of a rather poxy lot that hasn’t changed its spots over the years. However, God has a wicked sense of humour. The only way the nationalist fanatics can exist is in alliance with the US neocons… many of whom are Jews. Oh, dear! We have a situation where neither party likes the other at all, but, they are held together by sheer hatred. Such a coalition can exist only if there is an “enemy”. But, who is the enemy?
Many of the neocons were of a strange breed called “Sovietologists” (or such were their teachers). Ronald Reagan chased them out, and he made peace on an equal footing with President Gorbachyov. Condi Rice is an excellent exemplar of this tribe, and one can see readily the unreality of their outlook. Remember, they were caught flat-footed by the Soviet collapse, not a one had any inkling of the true situation. There was a chance for reconciliation and peace. Russia held out its hand. Unfortunately, the neocons (and their diaspora stooges) had been brought back into the government by Bush I. You see, Mr Reagan had given them the heave-ho and disregarded their advice… that was unforgivable. Now, the neocons had the chance to indulge in a “victory” over the Soviet Union. What has happened over the past 17 years has been a disgrace; it makes the diktat of Versailles look like kindness itself. The neocon project is simple, truly. Encircle Russia and destroy it.
It is not working, thank the good God.
Firstly, the USA is not the world. Neither is the EU. Even within the EU, Russia has many friends. So, what does this mean? Firstly, Russia is not encircled, and it knows it. Secondly, for the near and middle future, the EU is dependent on Russian energy exports, so, the EU is a “rubber lion”, for the USA has no alternative sources of energy to share with it (indeed, the USA is an energy importer itself). Thirdly, the USA is so over-extended, militarily, economically, and politically, that a collapse on one or more fronts is probable.
The neocons are so desperate that they nominated four rather pathetic candidates for the top two slots in the US government. Barack Obama is an inexperienced first-term US Senator; he has no outstanding qualities beyond an endearing prudence (no small thing, though, to be sure). Joseph Biden is a Washington hack pol, one of whose formative influences was a Croatian RC priest who was an Ustashi sympathiser. John McCain was near the bottom of his class in Annapolis, was rejected by the US Navy for higher rank (he retired as a Captain), and he is a fanatic gambler who hides his W2Gs. Sarah Palin… dear Miss Sarah, the prize boob of the lot. A former sporting-news reader on television, completely bereft of serious political experience before becoming the governor of Alaska (Wasilla is only 5,500 people… not a major metro area, I’d say), and a member of a fringe religious cult (the so-called Assemblies of God, founded in 1914 (!) in Arkansas (!)).
In short, the neocon enterprise is on the last lap, and their Eastern European lapdogs shall pay the price. The neocons themselves… they’ll go into academe and bore a generation of ennui-infested students. Oh, yes… academic politics… THAT would be a fitting punishment for those who attempted to drive this country over the edge…