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A former Nazi concentration camp where up to 5,000 Jews died now hosts weddings, parties and kids’ treasure hunts in move slammed as ‘disgusting’ by campaigners

Kaunas’ Seventh Fort in Lithuania was a concentration camp in 1941 Up to 5,000 Jews were killed there, and many remain buried on-site Since 2009, it has become a popular venue for weddings and a kids’ camp  By Annabel Fenwick Elliott for MailOnline Published: 06:26 EST, 25 July 2016 | Updated: 09:36 EST, 26 July […]

They Slaughtered Ukraine’s Jews and Now You Want to Name Streets After Them?

Imagine you’re going for a walk in your hometown and, rounding a corner, you encounter a street that has been newly renamed: Adolf Eichmann Road. You’re horrified, of course. Then you learn that your local Jewish leaders did not protest the name change. They supported it.   This is more or less what’s happening in […]

This Lithuanian concentration camp is now a wedding venue

KAUNAS, Lithuania (JTA) — In this drab city 55 miles west of Vilnius, there are few heritage sites as mysterious and lovely looking as the Seventh Fort. This 18-acre red-brick bunker complex, which dates to 1882, features massive underground passages that connect its halls and chambers. Above ground, the hilltop fortress is carpeted with lush […]

Holocaust monuments vandalized in Germany, Belarus

(JTA) — Unidentified individuals vandalized three World War II monuments in Germany and another Holocaust memorial in Belarus. All five cases were reported last week. The incident in Belarus was reported by tour guide Tamara Kurdadze on July 8, when she saw someone had doused yellow paint on a statue commemorating the mass murder of Jews at […]

How Elie Wiesel inspired the Free Soviet Jewry movement

By Glenn Richter         (JTA) — On my bookshelves there are two rows of volumes on the Soviet Jewry movement. Squeezed in among the tomes is a small, well-worn paperback with pages no longer attached to the spine, “The Jews of Silence” by Elie Wiesel. This slim volume is, however, a bridge. It crossed him and […]

Tunnel used by Jews in Lithuania to escape Nazis uncovered

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A tunnel in Lithuania used by Jewish prisoners to escape the Nazis has been uncovered by an international research team near Vilnius. The Israel Antiquities Authority in a statement Wednesday announced the discovery of the 100-foot-long tunnel at the Ponar Forest massacre site. Ponar prisoners used the tunnel, which was located with […]

Latvian lawmakers to participate in annual SS march through capital

Latvian lawmakers to participate in annual SS march through capital by Sam Sokol Around sixty seven out of seventy thousand Latvian Jews died in the holocaust, he said. Sympathizers rally at the Freedom Monument in Riga to commemorate the Latvian Legion of the Nazi Waffen-SS, March 2015. (photo credit:ILIYA PITALEV / RIA NOVOSTI / AFP) […]

Op-Ed: Exclusive interview: ‘Journey with an Enemy’ on the Lithuanian Shoah

Op-Ed: Exclusive interview: ‘Journey with an Enemy’ on the Lithuanian Shoah Manfred Gerstenfeld interviews Ruta Vanagaite on her new book, My people; Journey with an enemy: “Older people have apparently found the book quite offensive; it is incredibly painful for them to face their past.” Published: Sunday, February 21, 2016   Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld The writer […]

Lithuanian nationalists march in memory of Nazi collaborators

Lithuanian nationalists march in memory of Nazi collaborators February 16, 2016 (JTA) — Approximately 250 Lithuanians attended a march commemorating nationalists who are accused of complicity in the murder of Jews during the Holocaust. The march Tuesday in Kaunas, a city 65 miles east of Vilnius, was organized on Lithuania’s independence day by the Union […]

Lithuanian Jews call for government to publish list of Nazi collaborators

Lithuanian Jews call for government to publish list of Nazi collaborators The Genocide Center has given the government a list containing 2,055 names of supposed perpetrators but Vilnius neither published it nor made any attempt to investigate the people concerned. A man walks past a sign at a commemoration place during the March of the […]