Shoahgate: A Reflection on Our People by Rūta Vanagaitė and Efraim Zuroff

Just after Salon published my article on my grandfather (June 14, 2018), I received a message from Rūta Vanagaitė who requested we have a conversation via skype. At the time, I didn’t know who she was. (I had been working on my grandfather’s story in isolation for nearly 20 years and have only recently made …

Stop anti-Semitic resolution declaring Lithuania has no responsibility for murders of Lithuanian Jews

I am passing along this information written by the Association of Lithuanian Jews in Israel, as I stand in solidarity with their position. I will be thinking of their demonstration this coming Friday. Please join me in getting the word out. We invite you to join us in a demonstration across the street from the …

To my Holocaust guide in Lithuania: Simon Dovidavičius. May he rest in peace.

While attending courses to complete my Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction at Murray State University in Kentucky, my professors were so encouraging and excited about my thesis, then titled Storm in the Fatherland. By the time I defended my thesis in the winter of 2012, I had gone through everything in my mother’s …

Lithuania’s Provisional Government was similar to France’s Vichy Regime

A few people have commented that Lithuania’s Provisional Government just after the Nazi occupation in 1941 was similar to France’s Vichy Regime, especially regarding their sympathies for the Nazis and against Jews. The difference, of course, is that the Vichy government has been called out for what it was—a willing participant in the Holocaust, while …

What are the stakes of acknowledging General Storm’s complicity?

This is a secret my parents’ homeland has kept for seventy-seven years, not just from my family and from the rest of the country, but also from itself. The government told itself so often that it was the victim, that it had nothing to do with the deaths of 200,000 innocent civilians buried in 200 …