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898RE: [JewishKeidan] Re: Cultural Diversity

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  • Olga Zabludoff
    Apr 10, 2014
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      Howard Wolinsky has already said it very concisely, but let me add a few words. You are missing the point entirely in saying that this is about “dumping guilt on Laima and her students.”  I thought we made it very clear that this is not our agenda. Nothing is gained in creating an atmosphere of divisiveness. We are trying to have an open dialogue on a crucial subject.


      I am quite satisfied that Laima is entirely sincere in what she is doing with her students, and I am aware that her job is not easy. She is showing moral courage in a climate where politics is not always conducive to truth and clarity. I don’t wish to sound arrogant, but let me assure you that I am coming from a broad knowledge base.  I have spent more than 20 years following Lithuanian-Jewish issues, including having served on a Think Tank at the Lithuanian Embassy in Washington, DC. The Lithuanian Ambassador to the US and members of his staff, as well as Lithuanian-Americans and Jews, were in the group. The bottom line is that Lithuania is still far behind in coming to terms with its past. You can talk about “building bridges,” but before that can happen there has to be a foundation for the bridge. If you would understand the current politics and policies of the Lithuanian government, you might realize how difficult it is to achieve a reconciliation.




      From: JewishKeidan@yahoogroups.com [mailto:JewishKeidan@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Howard Wolinsky
      Sent: Wednesday, April 09, 2014 11:17 PM
      To: JewishKeidan@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Re: [JewishKeidan] Re: Cultural Diversity




      It's not a matter of dumping guilt. 

      It's just telling a complete story.

      My grandfather left a generation before the Holocaust so I am somewhat disconnected as well.

      But just telling a cheery, incomplete story does not serve the truth.

      I wonder how much these students know about what happened in their country in WWII and after.

      Their teacher should seize the opportunity to tell them why there are no more Jews there.

      Howard Wolinsky




      On Wed, Apr 9, 2014 at 9:08 PM, Eli Rabinowitz <eli@...> wrote:


      Hi All


      I have been following the correspondence on the Yahoo group. Laima is doing a great job!


      I assume that she is not Jewish, and that she wants to connect her students with the Jewish history and culture that was so significant in Lithuania for hundreds of years pre WWII.


      My third great grandfather was Avraham Shlomo Zalman Tzoref, who was born in Keidan in 1785 and and left in 1811 for Jerusalem, where he established the first ashkenazi community in the Old City. As my ancestors left Lithuania long before the Holocaust, I tend to see things a little differently.


      I fully understand that many people can never forgive, but Laima is a teacher who is trying to build bridges, and what she is doing is highly commendable in my book.


      I do not see the point of dumping guilt on her and the younger generation. We all should be willing to help educate Lithuanian children about Jewish life throughout the times, including a contemporary view.


      Therefore, connections between Lithuanians and Jews should be encouraged and we should not walk away from our role in this education!


      Best regards









      Howard Wolinsky

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