THE LAF LEAFLET FROM THE 19th OF MARCH, 1941: A PROVOCATION, A FALSIFICATION OR A REAL DOCUMENT?
Articles
Stanislovas Stasiulis
Published 2017-02-02
https://doi.org/10.15388/LIS.2016.38.10390
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Keywords

Lithuanian activist front
leaflet
antisemitism
Kazys Škirpa
anti-Soviet underground
voldemarists

How to Cite

Stasiulis S. (2017) “THE LAF LEAFLET FROM THE 19th OF MARCH, 1941: A PROVOCATION, A FALSIFICATION OR A REAL DOCUMENT?”, Lietuvos istorijos studijos, 380, pp. 72-83. doi: 10.15388/LIS.2016.38.10390.

Abstract

This article concerns the leaflet of the Lithuanian Ac­tivist Front, dated 19 March 1941. The leaflet, titled Dear enslaved brothers! has two different versions. One version has a sentence which calls that “The trai­tor will be pardoned only provided he proves beyond doubt that he has killed one Jew at least”. Another version of this document does not have the same sen­tence, but holds a remark that it is a multiplied copy of the document.
Archival resources show that the version of this leaflet with the already mentioned sentence was found in the house of anti-Soviet activist Osvaldas Žadvy­das during rummaging. The interrogations of the par­ticipants of the anti-Soviet underground movement in Lithuania show that the leaflet came from Berlin to Lithuania on 23 March 1941. This leaflet was mul­tiplied and circulated in various places of Lithuania. The interrogation of one of the major LAF signalmen Mykolas Naujokaitis underlines that all documenta­tion and leaflets were sent from Berlin to Lithuania by an active Voldemarist and Head of the LAF Com­mission of Relations with Lithuania Stasys Puodžius.
This article underlines that the authorship of the leaflet with the mentioned sentence belongs to the le­adership of the LAF Berlin branch and the fraction of Voldemarists.

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