Undoubtedly, the Holocaust is one of the scariest events in the history of the 20th century, and indeed in the whole history of humanity: the systematic and targeted annihilation of one nation representatives by another cannot but cause horror and shudder, the analyst of Vestnik Kakvaza, Ekaterina Vinnik told today in the National Question program on Vesti FM.
The expert regretted that it is human nature to forget the history, she also noted that there are always those, who say dark is bright. "Obviously, exactly this is happening in Lithuania with those who heroize the genocide, as a result of which 95% of Jews who lived in the country before World War II were exterminated," she said.
The expert further recalled that now in Lithuania there is the highest level of anti-Semitism in Europe. “A similar trend that persisted throughout the past century, became acute again in the early 90s when extreme right-wing forces came to power and began to accuse the Communists, Russians and Jews of occupying the country. In 2010, historian Petras Stankeras, an employee of the Lithuanian Ministry of Internal Affairs published an article denouncing the Holocaust, " Ekaterina Vinnik said, noting that despite the legislative ban on the denial of the genocide of the Jewish people, no charges were brought against the historian.
Continuing the topic, she pointed out that the number of Nazi criminals living in Lithuania is greater than in any other country in Eastern Europe. “They are not prosecuted by law, unlike former Soviet partisans of Jewish origin. Such a position is not something unusual for a country where the ideas of anti-Semitism were widespread even before the occupation by fascist Germany,” the employee of Vestnik Kavkaza expressed confidence.
“It is depressing that today anti-Semitism and the Holocaust denial are supported by so many forces in Lithuania, which means that the lessons of history were in vain for the whole European state. But nevertheless, despite the widespread heroization of fascist collaborators, there are those who try to reach common sense. And among them, Lithuanian writer Ruta Vanagaitė, who in her books and publications relentlessly recalls how monstrous was the Holocaust, "she concluded, expressing hope that the writer's efforts will not be in vain and the situation in the country will change for the better over time.