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14 December 2017
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“Why do you love
Jews so much?”


Vilnius, the old Jewish Synagogue.

By Aage Myhre, Editor-in-Chief
aage.myhre@VilNews.com

I have repeatedly been asked, by Lithuanians and others why VilNews, and I as a Norwegian without a single drop of Jewish blood, love Jews so much? Recently I met a Lithuanian-American, well educated and well read, who yet bombastically trumpeted. "You lick the asses of the Jews, Aage."

During my meetings with Jews in South Africa, where 90% of the Jewish population of almost 100 000 are of Lithuanian descent, I have also been asked why I have such great interest in Litvaks.

My answer to all these, has been that I do not love Jews more than other peoples.

But I also tend to add that I am always impressed by people who achieve more than the common herd. Intelligence and wisdom are to me among the most important qualities a person can have, and I have no problem admitting that these are qualities I've seen a lot of among the Jews I have known through life.

As to the Litvaks, they were subjected to an almost total extinction here in Lithuania during the Holocaust. It was an assault and a genocide of an unimaginable scale that we must never forget, and which memory must find its fair balance in the mental as well as in the practical.

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  • Irena

    Thanks for this article. Agree with you. It is not an easy topic for Lithuanians. The Jews are a great part of the culture of Lithuania. Some of Lithuanians unfortunately took part in killing the Jews during the Second World War. I am so sorry about this and all the victims of the Holocaust. Today Lithuanian politicians should make very good steps to regain good relationships with Litvaks and giving the right evaluation to the history.

    May 05 2012
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