Tuesday, April 15, 2008

The Holocaust and Contemporary Antisemitism in Lithuania

The Jerusalem Post reports that historian and former partisan fighter, Dov Levin, has returned an award her received in 1993 from the then president of Lithuania recognizing his heroic struggle during World War II.

The reason he returned it is that the Lithuanian government has brought proceedings against Dr. Yitzchak Arad, former head of Yad Vashem, for his actions against a Ukrainian village which engaged in rape, pillage, and murder of Jews.

The story provides an interesting confluence between the Holocaust, contemporary history, and enduring antisemitism.

Reading it against the backdrop of our trip this past week gives the story a particular resonance.

Reading it today when the commemoration of the uprising of the Warsaw ghetto is being held in Poland, it has even more resonance. It serves as a reminder that there were Jews in many places who fought back.


Ludovic said...

The use of globalizing words like "they" in the sentence quoted by the Jerusalem Post article : "that was back when they liked Jews" obscures our understanding. It sort of implies that Algirdas Brazauskas himself has changed his mind, although he is not presently in power. Should the executive power control the judiciary power ? Would not that infringe the democratic principle of separation of powers ?

I also find the word « joking » quite surprising in this context.

Small Fry said...

Just wanted to stop by and let you know that I really enjoy your blog.Your pieces are amazing and I'm a frequent reader! For my History of Germany class I'm writing a paper on Holocaust denial. I always knew there were people out there who believed it didnt happen, but the more I researched the more I realize how big it really is. There are alot of people in my class that dont even know what Holocaust denial is.
I enjoyed your book, and it has helped me alot in my research for this paper.
Keep it up

DemoCaster said...

Deborah, Have you seen the TV segment on Antisemitism in Europe which I co-produced to air on The 700 Club:


My wife Esther is visiting Emory til Sunday. Would you like to meet-up on Sunday? Email me (from your recognizable address) and I'll forward you her number.
Shabbat shalom,

guest said...

Bad manners at Warsaw Ghetto

Israeli youths in Poland ceremony score failing grade with disrespectful behavior