Lithuanian official offers cash for thesis blaming war crimes on Jews
Vilnius – A Lithuanian official responsible for
ethics in academia offered a cash reward for students or scholars willing to
write a thesis about Jews’ involvement in war crimes or murder.
Vigilijus Sadauskas, ombudsman for academic ethics and
procedures, made the offer for subsidy on his blog. The speaker of the
Lithuanian parliament ,Viktoras Pranckietis, called on Sadauskas to resign.
In the blog entry, Sadauskas offered 1,000 euros, or
$1,221, to “a school student, a university student, a postgraduate student, a
teacher or a scientist who will collect information, documents, materials and
write a thesis (at least 10 printed pages) or a publication about individuals
of the Jewish nationality who killed people, contributed to deportations or
Sadauskas plans to stay on until the end of his tenure in
June as ombudsman, to which he was appointed in 2013 by parliament.
But Pranckietis, the speaker of parliament, said about
Sadauskas: “I am convinced he should resign.”
Faina Kukliansky, a leader of the Lithuanian Jewish community, said Sadauskas’ statements were antisemitic.