Yesterday, the European Court of Human Rights rejected the complaint about the prohibition of the book “Ship of Idiots” by Lithuania. The book is prohibited, since the author Vytautas Petkevicius writes that the Nazi Government minister Vytautas Žemkalnis-Landsbergis was a “friend of Hitler”, and co-operated with the KGB by the end of World War II (case Petkeviciute v Lithuania). The Nazi Minister is the father of Mr Vytautas Landsbergis who is a former President of Lithuania.
Lithuania is the last country in the EU, which denies holocaust.
The statement that Vytautas Žemkalnis-Landsbergis was a “friend of Hitler” is based on the fact that he indeed was a Minister of Communal Economy at the marionette Lithuanian Nazi Government formed by Nazi Germany in the occupied Lithuania in 1941. The statement that the Nazi Minister started to co-operate with the Soviet KGB by the end of the war is based on the fact that he was allowed to live in the Soviet Union after the end of the war, and he even built a successful career under the Soviet rule.
In its judgment, the European Court of Human Rights denies that the respective Government was indeed a Nazi one. This is a factual mistake. Therefore, the family of the writer will lodge an appeal. Professor Stanislovas Tomas, Russian foreign lawyer practicing in the Channel Islands, will represent the interests of the writer.
On 25/06/1941, the Lithuanian Nazi Government issued “The Word to the Nation” stating: “We assess the Eastern march of the unstoppable German army with a particular gratefulness. […] This project of Führer Adolf Hitler of the German Nation, this march of the brave army inspired by National Socialism has huge importance in destruction of the barbarian, anti-cultural and anti-human wave, which dropped 200 million people down into poverty. […] This worldwide mission of Hitler and its meaning may be very well understood, positively assessed and sincerely supported.”
The Lithuanian Nazi Government issued the Declaration on Economic and Social Affairs. Its § 3 provides that ethnic Jews may not have any private property in Lithuania. On 26/06/1941, the Lithuanian Nazi Government addressed the German general von Pohl with a request to intensify “clearing” Lithuania from the “Jewish gangs”. On 30/06/1941, the Lithuanian Nazi Government issued the decision to create the Jewish Concentration Camp. The administration of the concentration camp and the ghettos was under the Ministry of Communal Economy headed by Minister Vytautas Žemkalnis-Landsbergis.
On 01/08/1941, the Lithuanian Nazi Government issued the Provisions on the Jewish Situation stating the following: “The Cabinet of Ministers, having regard to the fact that for centuries the Jews were exploiting the Lithuanian nation economically, stomping us morally, and recently the Jews have largely extended their fight against Lithuanian independence and the Lithuanian nation under the Bolshevik mantle, seeking to stop the harmful Jewish activity and to defend the Lithuanian nation from their harmful influence, legislates the current Rules”.
101 996 Jews were executed during the first six months of the Nazi occupation in Lithuania.
The Lithuanian Nazi Government also closed all theatres in the Polish language and started to treat ethnic Poles as enemies.
The current Lithuanian Government under President Dalia Grybauskaite supported by the European Court of Human Rights (the Lithuanian judge Egidijus Kuris in particular) denies that the Lithuanian Nazi Government of 1941 was Nazi, and they also deny holocaust.
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