This articles attacks the Lithuanian Conservatives (Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christians Democrats) and manipulates the history of the Holocaust in Lithuania.
The Holocaust was one of the biggest tragedies in Lithuanian history. During the Nazi occupation, in the years 1941-1943 about 90 per cent of the Lithuanian Jewish population was killed (more than 200 000 people). Local collaborators also participated in the events of the Holocaust. It is not known exactly how many Lithuanians participated, it could be up to 6 thousand collaborators. But many Lithuanians also tried to save Jewish people. In 2020, the list of The Righteous Among the Nations contained the names of 917 people who rescued Jewish people during the Holocaust in Lithuania.
Lithuania has taken many actions to commemorate and teach about the tragic events of the Holocaust: teaching about the Holocaust is obligatory in schools, the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania declared 2011 the “Year of Remembrance for the Victims of the Holocaust”, and 2013 was declared the “Year of Remembrance for the Victims of the Vilnius Ghetto”, the 23rd September is Holocaust Memorial Day in Lithuania. In 1995, President of Lithuania Algirdas Brazauskas made a public apology in Israel for the part Lithuanians played in the Holocaust.
The attack against Lithuanian Conservatives, in this case, is not accidental. It linked to the personal opinion of one of the members of Homeland Union, which could be interpreted as an attempt to justify Lithuania's participation in the Holocaust. The leaders of Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats distanced themselves from this opinion and condemned it.
Regarding other claims in the article, Lithuania has no “state ideology”. It is also a groundless statement that the Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats is a party which is forming this “ideology”. Lithuanian Conservatives are the ruling political power now (after victory in the 2020 parliamentarian elections) but before it, they were in opposition.
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