2019.10.03 12:00

Memorial to Lithuanian KGB victims to be updated as historians review old documents

Some of the names on a memorial to Lithuanian KGB victims in Vilnius may be removed as historians plan to review their files, the daily Lietuvos Rytas reports. Inscriptions on the façade of the former KGB headquarters pay tribute to members of the armed anti-Soviet resistance killed by the secret police, but some of them may have had tenuous links to the partisan movement or been involved in the Holocaust.

The Lithuanian Genocide and Resistance Research Centre has launched a new programme to review documents based on which the inscriptions on the wall of the former KGB building in Vilnius were made, according to Teresė Burauskaitė, the centre's director.

“I can already tell you that the names of several people will be removed from the wall. But probably not because of their links to the Holocaust,” she told the paper.

The director admitted that the original verification process for the memorial had been “somewhat rushed”.

The Genocide and Resistance Research Centre expects to complete the re-verification process by the end of 2020.

The Lietuvos Rytas daily says it has information that the names memorialised on the wall may include people linked to killings of Jews or collaborators with the Nazi authorities.

Reportedly, some others had very vague or no links to the armed anti-Soviet resistance, but their KGB files contain significant evidence about crimes.

The idea to honour the memory of those killed inside the former KGB building by engraving their names on the wall was realized in 2000.