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Canada’s anti-Red, Cold War
propaganda in context
During WWII, Lithuanian ethnonationalists and their Nazi allies killed almost every Jew in the country and exterminated as many communists as they could. After the USSR’s 1991 destruction, Lithuanian nationalists regained power. Their main goals were to continue fighting communism and to whitewash history by portraying their Nazi-collaborationist forebears as heroic, antiSoviet warriors. For example, Lithuania’s postSoviet governments have:
• Banned the communist party (1991).1
• Exonerated thousands of war criminals (living & dead) convicted by the Soviets, including confessed mass murderers, and made them or their heirs eligible for compensation (1991)2
• Endorsed, funded or otherwise aided yearly proNazi rallies, often with government speakers. These ethnonationalist events flaunt fascist flags, Nazi symbols and chants to glorify perpetrators of the Holocaust (since 1991)
• Sought prosecution of Jewish partisans who fought Nazism, but did not prosecute Nazis.
• Glorified Nazi collaborators using public cemeteries, parks, monuments, inscriptions, museum displays, and by the naming of a university lecture hall and streets3 (since 1991)
• Created the "Red-Brown Commission" in 1998 to falsely equate Nazism with communism. It has urged the EU parliament to rewrite textbooks and to sideline Holocaust Remembrance Day by remembering August 23 instead, ie., ‘Black Ribbon Day’4
• Outlawed all communist symbols (2008)5
• Criminalized opposition to revisionist "double-genocide," Nazi=Soviet narrative (2010)6
• Lithuania’s parliament is drafting a law declaring that "neither the Baltic nation nor its leaders participated in the Holocaust."7 (2020)
Kazys Bobelis and Jurgis Bobelis
One of Lithuania’s many postSoviet politicians with personal ties to Nazi collaborators and the Holocaust was Kazys Bobelis. A veteran of the proNazi, Abwehr-sponsored Lithuanian Activist Force, he dedicated his life throughout the Cold War to the anticommunist cause of independence from the USSR. In 1979, he became chairman of the Supreme Committee for the Liberation of Lithuania (VLIK) and was highly praised by Yaroslav Stetsko, president of the Anti-Bolshevik Bloc of Nations.8 Remaining chairman until its final year, 1992, Bobelis was VLIK's longest-standing leader.
His father, Colonel Jurgis Bobelis, was the proNazi puppet government’s military commander in Kaunus who helped oversee the creation of its "Jewish concentration camp."
Returning from the US to Lithuania in
1992, Kazys was aided by the neofascist ‘Young Lithuania’ group to get elected
to parliament.9 He was re-elected until retiring in 2006. As an MP, he
repeatedly denied his father’s key role as a Nazi collaborator.10
1. Unacceptable anti-Communist legislation in Lithuania, April 16, 2009. http://bit.ly/Ban-Com
2. Lithuania exonerating thousands of war criminals, Baltimore Sun, Sep. 5, 1991. http://bit.ly/LithEx
3. Memorials to Holocaust Collaborators in Public Spaces and State Sponsored Institutions in Lithuania, Defending History http://bit.ly/LithMemory
4. Avi Friedman, "The New Deniers," Mispacha, Aug. 5, 2009. http://bit.ly/NewDeniers
5. Unacceptable anti-Communist... op.cit.
6. Red-Brown Bill with Two Years of Jailtime for Disagreeing with Government’s Position is Signed into Law, Jun. 29, 2010. http://bit.ly/RedBrown
7. Lithuania’s ruling party drafting bill exonerating nation from Holocaust crimes," Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Jan. 3, 2020. http://bit.ly/LithEx2
8. "Dr. Bobelis Elected Chairman of Lithuanian Supreme Council," ABN Correspondence, May-Jun. 1979, p.18. http://bit.ly/ABN-MJ79
9. Anatol Lieven, The Baltic Revolution: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and the Path to Independence, p.271. http://bit.ly/ALiev
10. Geoff Vasil, Landsbergis’ New Book Tries (yet again) to Sanitize the 1941 Hitlerist ‘Provisional Government,’ Dec. 7, 2012. http://bit.ly/K-Bob
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