(JTA) — In the main city of Lithuania, an organization previously referred to as Museum of Genocide Victims scarcely mentions the murder of almost all the country’s Jews by Nazis and locals, concentrating rather in the several years of abusive Soviet rule.
In Kaunas, Lithuania’s city that is second-largest, another alleged museum hosts festivals and summer time camps due to a previous concentration camp for Jews referred to as Seventh Fort, where in actuality the victims are not commemorated.
Into the Ukrainian town of Dnipro, a Holocaust museum called “Tkuma” includes a controversial event on Jews complicit in Soviet policies that generated a mass famine, referred to as Holodomor, a whole ten years prior to the Nazis started implementing their “final solution.”
Section of an event about communist Jews whom killed ukrainians that are non-Jewish the Tkuma museum in Dnepro, Ukraine may 20, 2014. (Cnaan Liphshiz)
As well as in the capitals of Romania and Ukraine, where Nazis and collaborators arranged the murder of more 1.5 million Jews, there are not any nationwide Holocaust museums at all. Infighting and debates about complicity and history have avoided their opening.
These are merely a couple of samples of a wider trend in Eastern Europe where organizations whose stated goal is to teach the general public about the Holocaust find yourself trivializing, inverting or ignoring it completely. Commemoration activists through the area blame a varying mixture of factors, including nationalist revisionism, anti-Semitism, too little funds, individual animosities and incompetence.
Every one of these elements are on display today into the ongoing sagas associated with the National Museum of Jewish History and Holocaust in Romania, which will not yet occur, therefore the home of Fates museum in Budapest, Hungary, which exists but remains shut 5 years as a result of its planned opening. Okumaya devam et “In Eastern Europe, Holocaust museums are missing from key historic internet sites”