Another specific feature of the Holocaust in Lithuania is that the Nazis managed to involve a relatively large number of Lithuanian administrative agencies and the local population in the Holocaust. This fact can be partly explained by the fact that, unlike Western and Central European countries, Lithuania initially suffered the Soviet and then the Nazi occupation. Due to the harm caused during the Soviet occupation, a significant portion of the Lithuanian population, at least initially, became enemies of Bolshevism and supporters of Germany. The Nazi–Soviet war gave hope for an end to the Bolshevik occupation and restoration of the State of Lithuania. The anti-Semitic propaganda of the Nazis and the anti-Soviet Lithuanian underground movement made anti-Jewish sentiments and stereotypes even more popular (Bolshevism equals Jewish government etc.). Therefore, Hitler’s politics (including that in respect of the Jews) found more support in Lithuania than in Western Europe. The Jews, as ha...
Holocaust in Lithuania in 1941—1944
Number of pages: 608
Dimensions: 170 mm x 245 mm
Publisher: Lietuvos gyventojų genocido ir rezistencijos tyrimo centras
The collection of articles entitled ‘Holocaust in Lithuania in 1941–1944’ compiled by Dr. Arūnas Bubnys is a concise portrayal of various aspects of the history of the Holocaust in Lithuania. The articles are grouped into five sections according to themes: ‘Major ghettos in Lithuania’, ‘Holocaust in provincial areas’, ‘Lithuanian police and the Holocaust’, ‘Property and cultural valuables of Jews’, and ‘Rescuing Jews’. This book reflects the contributions of numerous Lithuanian historians who studied the Holocaust over the past decade, and readers interested in this topic will find many useful insights in this single publication.