|On March 19, 2002 a review was published in the weekly newspaper the Lithuanian Courier (in Russian) under the heading "History or subjective memories?" written by B. Litvak and S. Ginaite, on my new book in Russian The Unconquered. I felt the need to inform readers of this review and asked them to express their opinion. In his reply to my request, Chaim Kulvianski of Ashdod wrote:|
“I felt the need to express myself with regard to the letter "History or memories" written by B. Litvak and S. Ginaite. There is no doubt that each reader of the book The Unconquered by Alex Faitelson is entitled to his own opinion about this work. But the comments of B. Litvak and S. Ginaite are tendentious in nature, and the main reason for this is the attitude towards the role of S. Ginaite and her husband M. Rubinson in the AKO organization in the ghetto and when they were partisans in the forest.
"I appear in A. Faitelson’s book as a member of the pioneer group of the AKO. I lived in the ghetto, in Street No. 4, together with Chone Kagan, who was an active member of the AKO and later a partisan in Rudniki Forest. After being made a guide, Kagan came to the ghetto to take a group of fighters and bring them to the forest. He told me then about the life of the partisans, and among other things told me how the Rubinsons had behaved during the 'battle' with the Germans. They would frequently pretend in the unit, and avoid going out on missions. I therefore completely agree with the author. And yet their attitude towards the role of the military commander of Kovno, J. Bobelis, prompts special attention – the attempt to prove to us that J. Bobelis behaved towards individual Jews almost with humanity. It appears that here the pattern of 'my Jews' is in effect. However we, the witnesses who survived after those terrible events, we remember and know all too well what 'Bobelis’s people' did, in the Seventh Fort, the murder in the Lietukis garage, and many, many other acts of this kind.
"Bobelis's evidence as a translator for the Americans, and later his death in America cannot serve as a reason to justify him. Unfortunately war criminals were given refuge there and escaped their just punishment. In the chapter on Bobelis, Faitelson presents a full picture of his craven 'acts of heroism,' and the attempt by the authors of 'History' to clear Bobelis of any sin is simply an insult to the memories of the victims.
Veteran of the war against fascism
March 28, 2002"