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A round table discussion will take place at the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation.

On September 26, 2013 a round table discussion will take place at the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation. The topic is: “Baltic joins USSR in 1940: new documents and research” organized by the Public Chamber in cooperation with the fund “Historical Memory”.

At this round table it is planned to present a book of Alexander Dukov, director of the fund “Historical Memory”, called “Protectorate 'Lithuania:' A Secret Collaboration With the Nazis and the Unrealized
Loss Scenario of Lithuanian Independence, 1939-1940.”, based on previously unknown documents of Lithuania Classified Archive.

Published documents allow readers to take a peek “behind the scenes” of the Lithuanian Foreign Policy in the period of 1939-1940 and to learn about secret pro-German plans of the Lithuanian President A.Smetona, of the informal rumors of possibility to establish German protection over Lithuania and the secret cooperation of Lithuanian national forces with the Nazis.

Published for the first time documents also narrate about the secret cooperation of Lithuanian Special Forces and the Nazi Germany stating that in the spring of 1940 the Lithuanian Department of Public Safety handed over to Gestapo participants of the Polish Opposition Movement arrested in Vilensky Krai. Lithuanian authorities also shared with the Gestapo information about the Polish Movement plans of resistance. “Lithuanian authorities handed over the Polacks at the same time as the so-called “Action B” took place on the territory of Poland – operation of Polish Intelligence Annihilation,” – reminds us the author of the book Alexander Dukov. – “As it turned out, the actions of the Lithuanian authorities were closely connected to this criminal activity. In February of 1940 the Lithuanian Department of Public Safety director Augustinas Povilaitis, together with the SS leaders, took part in discussion on fighting the Polish Opposition Movement. Afterwards, he kept in close contact with the SS officer Heinz Grefe, who was one of the Nazi einsatzcommands leaders in Poland. It is a shame, that anti-Polish activity of Lithuanian Special Forces in 1939-1940 still remains unpunished.”

Following the book presentation, a general discussion is planned and the author will answer questions about the Soviet –Baltic –German relationship in 1939-1940.

The round table discussion on the topic of “Baltic joins USSR in 1940: new documents and research” will take place in the building of the Public Chamber of Russian Federation at 11 am at the address: Miusskaya Square 7-1, Moscow.

With all accreditation questions, please, contact us at the Public Chamber of Russian Federation press services, telephone: (495)221-83-61; e-mail: oprf22@mail.ru
 



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