Repeal Lithuanian law No. IX - 1078 dated September 17, 2002
  • Petitioned Ambassador Zygimantas Pavilionis

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Ambassador Zygimantas Pavilionis
Hannah Rosenthal

Repeal Lithuanian law No. IX - 1078 dated September 17, 2002

    1. Petition by

      E M

      Annapolis, MD

Lithuania's restitution law is an empty gesture -- depriving justice to the vast majority of Holocaust survivors who, for obvious reasons, prefer not to reside in Lithuania. The law is a "Catch-22" and has been widely criticized as an affront to the memory of the Holocaust and its few survivors; an act of lingering anti-Semitism of the Lithuanian Government. 

Individuals applying for Lithuanian citizenship must renounce their citizenship in any other country.

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    1. Ban Neo-Nazis from Desecrating the Dignity of Lithuania’s Independence Day.

      E M
      by E M
      Petition Organizer

      For the fifth time a neo-Nazi parade will march through the heart of Vilnius on March 11, Independence Day. Help us ban this blemish on a day reserved for the celebration of the internationally acclaimed bravery of the March 11th 1990 declaration of independence that was and continues to be a source of inspiration to all nations seeking freedom from oppression and foreign domination. Allow Lithuania a Day of Dignity. Help combat racism and anti-Semitism with your signature.

    2. Lithuania's President vetoes controversial citizenship law

      E M
      by E M
      Petition Organizer

      November 18, 2010
      Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite on Thursday vetoed the Citizenship Law that provides broader opportunities for dual citizenship.
      Article 12 of the Constitution, no one may be a citizen of both the Republic of Lithuania and another state at the same time.

    3. Citizenship Law Upsetting To Many.

      E M
      by E M
      Petition Organizer

      Newspaper article discuses why there is a need to change the citizenship law.

    4. Reached 100 signatures
    5. Uzgavenes Festival Features Mockery of Jews and Roma

      E M
      by E M
      Petition Organizer

      The annual Uzgavenes festival, celebrated throughout Lithuania, again featured costumes and behavior making fun of – and perpetuating the worst stereotypes of – Roma and Jews (‘and monsters’). Roma and Jews comprise two of the country’s smallest and weakest minorities. Most of both communities were murdered during the Holocaust by the Nazis (with massive voluntary participation in the killings by locals). Today, progressive forces continue to live in hope that political, academic, legal, religious and cultural opinion makers in the country will rise to the occasion of explaining the essence, evil and dangers of such rampant racism unconvincingly disguised as the majority’s ‘national ethnographic tradition’. See below at 2008 (→ 6 Feb) for Michael Casper’s Forward report on that year’s event.
      http://www.forward.com/articles/12634/

    6. Kovno Stories and Links

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      by E M
      Petition Organizer

      History of the Jews of Kovno.

    7. Holocaust Education & Archive Research Team

      E M
      by E M
      Petition Organizer

      The Kovno Ghetto
      (Kaunas)

    8. Reached 50 signatures
    9. Lithuania’s Foreign Minister tells of Jewish Conspiracy

      E M
      by E M
      Petition Organizer

      20 October 2010
      At a 13 October parliamentary meeting of the right-wing faction that governs Lithuania, the country’s Foreign Minister, Audronius Ažubalis, began a discussion of proposals to again permit dual citizenship by saying that ‘everyone knows’ who is pushing the bill in parliament. Pressed for details, he went on to explain that the culprits are foreign Jews of Litvak origin (i.e. the same precise group being targeted for PR by his Foreign Ministry for its Fake Litvak Forum).

      Slipping deeper into classic antisemitic canards, the foreign minister went on to propose that ‘they’ are doing this in order to reap financial benefits by way of property restitution that depends upon citizenship under the country’s citizenship laws that racially favor ethnic Lithuanians.

      The main news report of the incident by a highly respected journalist, in the country’s main daily, Lietuvos rytas is headlined:
      FOREIGN AFFAIRS STRATEGIST SEES JEWISH CONSPIRACY

    10. Cartoon of The Jew and The Gay Holding Up (Controlling) the World is Back.

      E M
      by E M
      Petition Organizer

      27 June 2011
      The infamous cartoon of The Jew and The Gay holding up the world was featured in Respublika and other mass circulation newspapers in Lithuania in 2004, and again from 2009. It was back in the newspaper in 2011.

    11. Neo-Nazis March in Central Vilnius on Lithuania’s Independence Day

      E M
      by E M
      Petition Organizer

      Posted on 11 March 2011
      EYEWITNESS REPORT
      by Sebastian Pammer

      From the internet site www.tautos-balsas.lt I learned that the march of Lithuanian nationalists would start today at 4 PM (1600 hours) at Cathedral Square in the very heart of Vilnius, where the city’s central boulevard, Gedimino Prospect, begins its ascent toward the nation’s Parliament at its other end. The massive neo-Nazi march on the capital's main boulevard on the country's Independence Day.

    12. Lithuanian Court Legalizes Public Swastikas as ‘Historical Heritage’

      E M
      by E M
      Petition Organizer

      19 May 2010 A Lithuanian court in Klaipeda approved the public display of swastikas on the grounds that they are ‘Lithuania’s historical heritage rather than symbols of Nazi Germany’. An ultranationalist ‘expert’ transported from Vilnius was easily able to persuade the court, which did not bother to ask a contrasting view of the Holocaust Survivor community, or the Jewish Community of Lithuania, in a European country with one of the highest proportions of Holocaust genocide on the continent. This sad distinction resulted from massive local participation.

    13. Reached 10 signatures

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    • deni kidd KNOXVILLE, TN
      • over 2 years ago

      this should never be forgotton or happen again.

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    • Drew Kopf NEW YORK, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      Laws past in the middle of the night as if nobody is listening or caring need to be brought out into the light of day and exposed for the travesties that they often are. Thank you to Rabbi Moses A. Birnbaum for bringing this matter to our attention. We hope things get dealt with properly as a result of his efforts.

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    • Judith Rahmani PLAINVIEW, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      In memory of the KDOSHIM...

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    • Jay Ipson RICHMOND, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      I am a survivor of the Kovno (Kaunas) Ghetto

      Name was Jacob Ipp

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    • Samuel Leibowitz PLAINVIEW, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      My parents survived the Kovno ghetto. They were the only survivors in their families. Most of their family members were murdered by Lithuanian citizens. Its time the Lithuanian government recognized this.

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