The Lithuanian partisans, who operated under the aegis of the Central Partisan Command of the Soviet Union, had information that there was a German garrison in the village. After the fact, it turned out that the Germans had abandoned the place. In the battle that ensued, 38 villagers were killed, including women and children. Now Lithuania has declared this attack as a "massacre," and a special prosecutor opened an investigation. The idea is to equate Nazi and Communist persecution.
Dr. Yitzhak Arad is a Holocaust historian and one-time partisan, a former brigadier general and a chief education officer in the Israel Defense Forces, and the chairman of the board of Yad Vashem. Dr. Rachel Margolis is a retired Vilnius University biologist who helped set up a Holocaust exhibit in that city. She had also rediscovered, transcribed, and published the lost diary of a Polish witness to the murders at Ponar (Paneriai), the mass murder site outside Vilnius. librarian of the Vilnius Yiddish Institute. Brantsovsky was honoured by the American Embassy in Lithuania with a certificate of achievement last April, and in August, the British Embassy organized a walking tour of the former Vilna Ghetto, led by Brantsovsky, in which fifteen Western alliance embassies participated (but none from the Baltic States).
Reopening Lithuania's old wounds