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.