Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The Lithuanian Jews and "Double Genocide" Theory

"Double genocide theory" - rendering Nazism and Stalinism equal in their violence - has gained popularity in Lithuania while overshadowing Lithuania's own complicated history with anti-Semitism.

A more complex phenomenon than Holocaust denial, obfuscation does not deny a single Jewish death at the hands of the Nazis. Instead, it uses as a starting point the idea that the Nazi genocide was not a unique event but rather a reaction to Soviet “genocide” (and antecedent to further Soviet genocide) in which the same elements of Lithuanian society that often sided with the Nazi invaders were persecuted and imprisoned by the Communist regime, whose officials included Jews.

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