Compensation for private Jewish property would antagonize Lithuanian society

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Compensation for private Jewish property would antagonize Lithuanian society

Ramunas Karbauskis,

VILNIUS – Compensating Jews and their descendants for their private property seized during the Nazi occupation of Lithuania would create confrontation in society, the chairman of the ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union’s (LFGU) said, cites LETA/BNS.
According to Ramunas Karbauskis, Lithuanians experienced the same situation during the war, when Soviet authorities sent them to Siberia and seized their property.
“That would create confrontation in society and we would have a certain negative effect. We would single out one group of Lithuanian citizens from among others based on ethnicity without addressing the problems of other people who are in an analogous situation,” Karbauskis told a LNK TV news program.
“Because if we are talking about World War Two, the situation affected people of many nationalities,” he added.
The LFGU chairman commented on calls by US officials and the Lithuanian Jewish community on the government to return private property to Holocaust survivors and their descendants.
Lithuania six years ago committed itself to paying 37 million euros in compensation for Jewish religious communal property by 2023.
The Nazis and their Lithuanian collaborators killed about 195,000 Lithuanian Jews during the German occupation period. Only five to ten percent of the Lithuanian pre-war Jewish population survived the war.

 

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1 Comment

  1. Kestas Kazlauskas says:

    Both occupying Soviets and Nazis killed Lithuanians and took Lithuanian lands and properties and destroyed parts of Lithuania. Ethnic Lithuanians who collaborated with Nazis, like Litvaks who cooperated with Soviets can only take some of the blame. The fact that 90 to 95 percent of the Lithuanian Jewish population perished is a matter that should be taken up with Nazis and Soviets – if there are any left. Don’t even imply that was somehow Lithuania’s doing or that somehow, all Lithuanians were responsible.

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