Cover Osteuropa 8-10/2008

In Osteuropa 8-10/2008

Lithuanian Capers
History, Rule of Law, and the Jews

Robert B. Fishman

Deutsche Fassung


Vilnius will be a European Capital of Culture in 2009. Lithuanian prosecutors are currently investigating former partisans who fought on the Soviet side against the Nazis. Former Jewish partisans are potentially affected as well. The Nazis, with the support of Lithuanian auxiliaries, murdered more than 94 per cent of Lithuania's 220,000 Jews between 1941 and 1944. Today in Vilnius, antisemitic incidents are once again being reported. Many historians and members of the US Congress are therefore demanding that Vilnius's designation as a European Capital of Culture be reconsidered.

(Osteuropa 8-10/2008, pp. 465–468)