European Jewish Congress defends anti-fascist writer

02.11.2017, Lithuania.

The European Jewish Congress (EJC) condemned the attacks against the anti-fascist writer Rūta Vanagaitė, the EJC portal reported on November 1.

Rūta Vanagaitė wrote about collaboration of her compatriots with Nazis, which exposed her to persecution by the authorities.

 “It should be unthinkable that in 2017, books with views that some disagree with are prevented from publication on purely political grounds and is reminiscent of far darker times,” Dr. Moshe Kantor, President of the EJC, said. “Ruta is a brave woman whose voice is necessary for Lithuanians to face their past, especially during the Holocaust, and she [Vanagaitė ― Rossa Primavera Information Agency] should be praised instead of being attacked.”

A book entitled Ours (Lithuanian: Mūsiškiai) about regular Lithuanians’ participation in mass executions of Jews during Holocaust was withdrawn from sale along with the writer’s other books. The book became a bestseller in Lithuania.

Previously, the Alma Littera Publishing House withdrew from sale all Vanagaitė’s books about Lithuanians’ collaboration with Nazis during World War Two.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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