Letter to Lithuanian President Grybauskaite on International Holocaust Memorial Day

On January 27, 1945, the Auschwitz death camp was liberated. This anniversary is commemorated as “International Holocaust Remembrance Day”.

Today, on the seventy second anniversary, and approximately 76 years since the Holocaust began in Lithuania, my attached appeal was served to the President of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaite.

A copy is attached – this includes letter attachments. The stamp receipt shows that it was received by the President’s Office, today.

The first four pages of this attachment is an English language translation of my letter, the balance of the PDF is the original letter in the Lithuanian language.

Letter to Lithuanian President Grybauskaite 1-27-17

Copies of this latter have been sent to:

Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis

Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius

Ambassador Rolandas Krisciunas (USA)

Ambassador Jakstonyte (SA)

Ambassador Skaisgiryte (UK)

Ambassador Bagdonas (IL)

Lithuanian Consul General Darius Gaidys (Los Angeles)

Chancellor of the Government

Ministers of National Defense Culture Education Foreign Affairs and Interior.

Secretary General of the Seimas

Speaker of the Seimas

Seimas International Relations Unit

Chair of Lithuanian Poles Electoral Action-Union of Christian Families Political Group

Chair of Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrat Political Group

Chair of Liberals Movement Political Group

Chair of Lithuanian Peasant and Greens Union Political Group

Chair of Lithuanian Social Democratic Party Political Group

Mr. Linas Balsys.

Chair of the Lithuanian Jewish Community

Israeli Ambassador Maimon

Dr. Ephraim Zuroff (SWC)

All Vilnius City Councilors

Vilnius Mayor Simasius

Vilnius Administration Director

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Bureaucratic backflips to protect Holocaust amnesia

http://www.jewishjournal.com/bloggish/item/in_lithuania_bureaucratic_backflips_protect_holocaust_amnesia

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Defending a murderer:

On December 16, 2016, I posted this about the efforts to remove the honors for the man responsible for the murder of my family in Lithuania – Noreika:

https://ggochin.wordpress.com/2016/12/16/noreika-monument/

The Heritage Department has responded – their response is attached to this post.

The Lithuanian Heritage Department will not do anything to remove the honors. They offer no explanations for how they come up with their decisions or why our facts were incorrect.

They say the plaque was installed in 1997 and belongs to the City, not the library – how do they know this when the city does not? Again they offer no backup.

Noreika signed the orders to ghetto my relatives, his writings are extensive, we are very clear as to his beliefs and his actions. The Genocide Center has defended Noreika, notwithstanding the abundant evidence against him. The Mayor of Vilnius has ignored our appeals, and now the Heritage Department offers a declination without backup or addressing our claims. We can be very clear as to the value given to a Jew murderer in Lithuania, versus a Jewish victim.

I am just amazed at the time and energy they have put in to defending this Jew murderer, very much similar to the time, energy and expense they went to, to deny that my Grandfather was my Grandfather, where it took the Lithuanian Supreme Court to rule that the Interior Ministries positions were “absurd” and “baseless”.

Given how dishonest the Lithuanian lower Courts were in my citizenship cases, I am clear that the Lithuanian judicial system would be as dishonest on a case like this, and I would have to go back to the Supreme Court to have any truth addressed.

It is clear to me what Lithuania as a country is, how very sad for the decent Lithuanian people.

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Noreika monument

After having failed to have the Noreika Monument removed for reasons of morality and human dignity, we tried to pursue a legal strategy  where we showed that the monument had been installed without City permits and was required to be brought in line with city ordinances.

The minutiae of that case makes it hopeless.

The next case we filed (below) on December 9, 2016 is against the National Heritage Department. Noreika’s monument stands on a national heritage site, violating multiple regulations. The Heritage Department will now have to pursue the City to have it removed.

The Action is attached, once I have it in English, I will post that too.

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Lithuania’s welcome mat to Jews

http://diariojudio.com/opinion/lithuanias-welcome-mat-to-jews/222357/

 

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Seeking Holocaust reconciliation in Lithuania, from Los Angeles

http://www.jewishjournal.com/community/article/seeking_holocaust_reconciliation_in_lithuania_from_los_angeles

 

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Noreika – legal action

On August 16, 2016, my attorneys served the attached legal action on Mayor Simasius in Vilnius in order to force his hand in removing the monument for the Holocaust perpetrator, Jonas Noreika.

The Mayor has not responded to my previous requests to remove these honors, forcing me to resort to legal action.

It is sad that the City of Vilnius would not remove the honors for moral or ethical reasons, however, we hope that they will be forced to remove the monument for technical reasons.

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