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Lithuania / 11-02-2018

Lithuanian official offers cash for thesis blaming war crimes on Jews

Source: baltictimes

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 tortures.”

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.