government is financing the reburial of the “prime minister”
of the 1941 Nazi puppet government as well as four days
of events honoring him.
The Lithuanian Parliament published on Wednesday an updated schedule of events
in honor of the repatriation to Lithuania of the remains
of Juozas Ambrazevičius, the “prime minister” of the
1941 Nazi puppet government.
One of the scheduled events, a conference earlier slated for Vytautas Magnus
University in Kowno, was moved to “venue to be announced”
after the university’s rector decided to call off the
event, following a Haaretz report, explaining he wished
to “save the honor” of the institution and criticizing
the nation's parliament.
Nevertheless, two professors
from the same university are among the speakers at the
new event honoring Ambrazevičius.
In a controversial move, causing
anguish among Holocaust survivors, Lithuania's Jewish
community and the Association of Lithuanian Jews in Israel,
the remains of Ambrazevicius, who died almost 40 years
ago in the United States, will be reinterred from Connecticut
to the Church of the Resurrection in Kaunas. En route,
he will be honored in the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius,
in a ceremony slated for Thursday.
The Lithuanian government
is financing the transatlantic reburial and four days
of events honoring the Nazi collaborator. Wednesday’s
parliamentary press release confirmed that the reburial
mass will be conducted by the archbishop metropolitan,
Sigitas Tamkevičius, who recently published effusive
praise for him.
The documents signed by Ambrazevičius
in his capacity as “prime minister” of the 1941 “provisional
government” include the June 27, 1941 statement calling
for all means against the Jews but asking that executions
not be public; the June 30, 1941 order for a concentration
camp for Jews to be set up; and the July 7, 1941 order
for all the Jews of Kaunas to be forcibly relocated into
a ghetto within four weeks. They were all revealed by
the http://defendinghistory.com website.