Dealing with the Family Past
Ancestors of Holocaust Perpetrators in Lithuania
Keywords:Holocaust, Ancestors of Holocaust perpetrators, Lithuania, Memory, Soviet
This article deals with the question of how the (grand)children of local Nazi collaborators in Lithuania have dealt with their family histories and with their (grand)parents’ crimes. On the basis of archival materials and interviews, it illuminates how Holocaust perpetrators were convicted, how families were affected by these convictions, and how their lives evolved afterwards, how families coped with uncertainties or family secrets and developed mecha- nisms of denial or family mythologies. Furthermore, the article illuminates developments after 1990 – the revision of Soviet sentences, processes of rehabilitation and de-rehabilita- tion, the opening of archives, and the clash between imagined and documented realities.
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