Nazi Resurrection: Lithuania Honors Its Nazi Past

posted by Dr. Jael Ever @ 16:57 PM
July 23, 2012

Like many European Union countries, Lithuania struggles with its Nazi past.  But in the last few years, it has leaned heavily pro-Nazi, including bestowing honors on the memory of a WWII leader who was a Nazi collaborator, as well as including hundreds of neo-Nazi youth in Independence Day celebrations.

While Jewish organizations had honored the nation for its stance against anti-semitism, these groups were deeply offended when that country’s government decided to publicly honor Juozas Ambrazeviciu, WWII Lithuanian Nazi collaborator who oversaw the massacre of 95% of its 250,000 Jewish population.

Honors for Ambrazeviciu included an academic conference commemoration hosted by Vytautas Magnus University and held at the town hall in Kaunas, a major Lithuanian city.  University board member, Valdas Adamkus, who was President of Lithuania from 1998 to 2003 and again from 2004 to 2009, leaned on the University to fund the Conference and financially supported it as well.

This was the second such conference in which, according to blogger Geoff Vasil, strong opposing Jewish voices were excluded.  And this year’s Lithuanian Independence Day parade in its capital Vilnius again included neo-Nazis bearing SS skulls and crossbones and redesigned Lithuanian swastikas.

When she was gaining signatures to persuade the Lithuanian Ambassador to the United States to ban neo-Nazis from marching in Lithuania’s Independence Day, Olga Zabludoff wrote:

“For the fifth time in the past five years a neo-Nazi parade (this year with a permit enabling a maximum of 2,000 participants) will march through the heart of Vilnius on March 11, Independence Day, one of the proudest and most significant days for the people of Lithuania.

“The neo-Nazi theme will be “Homeland.” Their display, if permitted by the government, will be taken by extremists throughout the region and Europe as a stamp of growing approval of neo-Nazi activities and a signal that the murder of about 95% of Lithuania’s Jewry during the Holocaust, largely by local collaborators, is taken lightly by today’s government.”

In spite of the over 2,000 people signing her petition, officials in Lithuania still allowed Nazis to march in the 2012 Independence Day parade last March.

Lithuania’s restoration of its Nazi past is further proof that Nazism is on the rise in Europe.  Like the plumed serpent, the reemerging cycle of Europe’s murderous past obviates the facade of its present beauty to increase its power before attack!  Yet, as The LORD promised Isaiah, in the end the serpent shall be destroyed:  “In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea (27:1).”

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