Vilnius Holocaust Survivor Professor Pinchos Fridberg has stood up with inspirational courage to the state sponsored “Double Genocide” industry that has targeted him. He was defamed by the head of Baltic News Service (BNS) and the “International Commission for the Evaluation of the Crimes of the Nazi and Soviet Occupation Regimes in Lithuania” (Red-Brown Com, for short), which still calls the survivor a liar on its website. More on the Commission here and here. An appeal to commissioners’ conscience has been issued.
See Danny Ben-Moshe’s op-ed in Jerusalem Report which touches on the somewhat bizarre (though wholly indirect) Yad Vashem connection to the saga.
Pinchos Fridberg is a real Litvak with real Litvak values and proverbial Litvak steadfastness when it comes to the simple truth of the matter, most emphatically when the matter concerns the destruction of Lithuanian Jewry during the Holocaust. He has also dedicated many years, since retiring from research in physics, to fight for the recognition and rights of Lithuanian rescuers (Righteous Among the Nations) who risked all to just do the right thing and save a neighbor. The strands of fearless steadfastness in pursuit of the facts, and the stylistic grace of one of the last of the Litvaks of Vilna, come together in his recent “Letter to Moses.” To jump to a chronological listing of Professor Fridberg’s recent articles provided below please click here. His own contributions are color-marked for rapid reference.
“Neither I nor my wife Anita are specialist researchers of the Holocaust. We are simply witnesses saved by a miracle. Until the last days of our lives we will consider the Righteous to be saints, the only ray of light in the darkest world of murderers and collaborators like Juozas Brazaitis-Ambrazevi?ius, Antanas Impulevi?ius and Aleksandras Lileikis. In 1998, the International Commission for the Evaluation of Crimes of the Nazi and Soviet Occupation Regimes in Lithuania was formed by decree by the president. Everybody agrees that these two regimes have a lot in common and their crimes need objective and unbiased evaluation. However, I will never agree with the idée fixe [...] of attempts to equate the Holocaust and Stalin’s crimes against the Lithuanian people. [...] My wife Anita was a prisoner (Ausweis #4426) of the Kovno Ghetto [...], she was taken out of the ghetto in a sack of rotten potatoes by Righteous among the Nations Bronislava Krištopavi?ien?, may her memory be for eternity a blessing.”
— PINCHOS FRIDBERG
from his article published by the Algemeiner Journal, Defending History, Jewish Community of Lithuania, and the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Operation Last Chance
Pinchos Fridberg, a native and resident of Vilnius, is a Holocaust survivor. He graduated from Vilnius University in 1961 and completed his PhD in theoretical and mathematical physics in 1965 and an additional doctoral science degree in radio physics in 1974. From 1961 to 1978 he was chair of the Laboratory of Theoretical Investigations at the Vilnius Scientific Institute of Radio Measuring Devices. In 1978 he joined Grodno State University, where he was named professor. In 1989 he became head of the Department of Theoretical Radio Physics at the Zondas Company in Vilnius.
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Note: This list includes only publications in English; a number of contributions first appeared elsewhere, in Russian or Lithuanian or both. DH translations always contain links to the originals (which are not listed below; this chronology is for readers of English).
PHOTO OF PINCHOS FRIDBERG AT THE NOV. CONFERENCE BY MINDAUGAS MIKULENAS
3 September 2012. DefendingHistory.com: Statement by the Association of Lithuanian Jews in Israel on renewal of the ‘red-brown commission’.
7 November 2012. DefendingHistory.com: ‘Outgoing Lithuanian PM, Red-Brown Commission and (antisemitic) Genocide Center joining forces for mid-November Vilnius conference promoting “Double Genocide”’.
21 November 2012: DefendingHistory.com: ‘Red-Brown circus in Lithuanian capital’.
21 November 2012: DefendingHistory.com: ‘When the politicians run the conferences on — history’ by Evaldas Bal?i?nas.
1 December 2012: DefendingHistory.com: ‘The Holocaust in Lithuania, and its obfuscation, in Lithuanian sources’ by Yitzhak Arad.
9 December 2012: Operation Last Chance (Simon Wiesenthal Center Israel Office): ‘Instead of truth about the Holocaust — myths about saving Jews’ by Pinchos Fridberg. Republished 1 January 2013: DefendingHistory.com; 15 January 2013: The Algemeiner; 16 January 2013: Jewish Community of Lithuania.
26 December 2012: DefendingHistory.com: ‘Tell me I’m wrong’ by Geoff Vasil.
5 February 2013: Jewish Community of Lithuania: Letter from Professor Fridberg to the leadership of the Jewish Community of Lithuania.
5 February 2013: Jewish Community of Lithuania: ‘Official response to Professor Fridberg’s queries from the chairman of the Jewish Community of Lithuania’.
5 February 2013: Janina Bucevi??, ‘Teacher from tolerance education center addressed Jewish Community of Lithuania with open letter’ on the website of the International Commission for the Evaluation of the Crimes of the Nazi and Soviet Occupation Regimes of Lithuania’. [See below at 19 February for edited republication in Defending History]
12 February 2013: DefendingHistory.com: ‘Art?ras Ra?as, editor-in-chief of Baltic News Service (BNS), attacks Holocaust Survivor Prof. Pinchos Fridberg and SWC Israel director Dr. Efraim Zuroff’.
13 February 2013: Jewish Community of Lithuania: ‘Statement of the Lithuanian Jewish Community’.
14 February 2013: DefendingHistory.com: ‘Pinchos Fridberg provides chronology of a provocation’.
The Commission that provides ‘tolerance education’ calls Holocaust survivor a liar on its website and demands an apology from — the Jewish Community!
15 February 2013: The International Commission for the Evaluation of the Crimes of the Nazi and Soviet Occupation Regimes in Lithuania: Statement by executive director Ronaldas Ra?inskas demanding apology from the Jewish community.
16 February 2013: The Lithuania Tribune: ‘Head of international panel calls for apology over Jewish rescuers publication’.
19 February 2013: DefendingHistory.com: ‘Request for an apology for disrespect toward rescuers of Jews and Holocaust victims’ by Janina Bucevi??. [Editor’s note: The Commission’s executive director contacted Defending History asking for Ms. Bucevi??’s contribution (first posted by the Commission, see above at 5 February) to be published. After obtaining the author’s permission to edit some of the inflammatory language, her article appeared in DH, with final text approved by the author.]
21 February 2013: DefendingHistory.com: ‘Tolerance Education? State-sposored Commission uses its website to call leading Holocaust survivor a “liar” and demand “apology from Jewish community”’ by Dovid Katz.
25 February 2013: DefendingHistory.com: ‘A counter-question to Lithuanian journalist Art?ras Ra?as’ by Pinchos Fridberg; republished 3 March 2013: Algemeiner.com.
28 February 2013: DefendingHistory.com: ‘Response to Professor Fridberg’s article’ by Liba Blat-Rosenthal and Israela Blat.
3 March 2013: DefendingHistory.com: ‘Letter to the editor’ by Pinchos Fridberg [with two sound files of MP Emanuelis Zingeris at the November 2012 Seimas conference on 'United Europe — United History'].
14 March 2013: DefendingHistory.com: ‘Isn’t it time for the author of the myth to apologize?’ by Pinchos Fridberg.
20 March 2013: DefendingHistory.com: ‘One-sided coverage in the “Lithuania Tribune”?’.
9 April 2013: DefendingHistory.com: ‘Lithuania paying with its image for the ambitions of an official’ by Pinchos Fridberg [translation posted 11 August of 9 April article].
26 August 2013: Jerusalem Report: ‘Yad Vashem and the “two genocides”’ by Danny Ben-Moshe.
18 September 2013: DefendingHistory.com: ‘An Old Jew from Vilna Writes a Letter to Moshe Rabeinu’ by Pinchos Fridberg.
19 November 2013. Communications unit of the Lithuanian Parliament (Seimas) responds to Professor Fridberg.
1 December 2013. DefendingHistory.com: ‘“Higher mathematics” of the Lithuanian Holocaust’ by Pinchos Fridberg.
24 December 2013. DefendingHistory.com: ‘A love story’ by Pinchos Fridberg.
1 January 2014. DefendingHistory.com: ‘Professor Pinchos Fridberg is Defending History’s Person of the Year’.
11 February 2014. Tablet: ‘A comment from Professor Pinchos Fridberg, Vilnius’. Reprint in DefendingHistory.com.
3 March 2014. Pinchos Fridberg’s Youtube: ‘Lakhn iz gezunt’ by Pinchos Fridberg . Reaction to a comment posted at Olga Zabludoff’s 13 February 2014 op-ed in the Algemeiner Journal.
A FAMILY RELIC The Vilner Yiddish Real-Gymnasium Graduation Certificate
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The Vilner Yiddish Real-Gymnasium Graduation Certificate
Coming across the “Jewish Life in Poland” website, I decided to write this remark.
The 1930 photographs below show the Vilner Yiddish Real-Gymnasium teachers and graduates. The school principal was Leib Turbowich, and the literature teacher was the great Jewish poet Moyshe Kulbak , the author of a well-known Yiddish poem “Vilna”.
The Vilner Real-Gymnasium Graduation picture (1930)
The three upper rows are photographs of the teachers; below them are photographs of the school graduates. In the fourth upper row, second from the right, is Chana- my Mother, blessed be her memory. Miraculously, she managed to preserve her graduation certificate. I don’t know if YIVO archives contain similar certificates of any other graduates of this class.
Please note that the photograph on the YIVO site and the photograph on my mother’s graduation certificate are identical.