Hannover wrote:Kingfisher:"Fled"? Looks to me that the vast majority were removed by the Soviets, probably for labor purposes. Fled not.I have always assumed that most Jews fled Latvia and Lithuania with the Soviets, but it's good to have documentary confirmation.
Weren't Jews rather prominent among those welcoming the Soviets during their 1940 invasion as "liberators" I read about Jews kissing Soviet tanks when they crushed in.
But the sources I got usually state this for Poland:
Addressing the correlation between the deterioration of Polish-Jewish relations and the Soviet invasions of Poland in 1919-1920, 1939-1941, and 1944-1945, the author states that 'some Polish Jews became co-participants in the Soviet reigns of terror.' (36) It is significant that Poles in the eastern provinces vividly recall Jews kissing Soviet tanks in 1939 and, as survivors, again in 1944. Many Poles were victims of Jewish-Soviet collaboration, targeted as they were for deportation or execution by lists drawn up partially by Jews.
These pieces present a picture of Jews kissing the tanks of the invading Soviet troops, collaborating with the Soviets, and assisting the Soviets as they carried out punitive actions, including executions, against those who were supporting a Polish nationalist insurgency against the USSR.
http://robertlindsay.wordpress.com/2011 ... rld-war-2/
Let this immense pro-Soviet Jewish enthusiasm be illustrated by the fact, which Gross himself admitted ( in Revolution from Abroad , Princeton 1988 ) that it was only the Jews in East Poland who were in a very peculiar habit of kissing the Soviet tanks. No sources give any account of any other nations tarnishing their reputation by such pro-Soviet servility. In Gross' words ( Revolution...., op. cit. p. 29 ) '' even tanks were kissed. The Jews seemed to have a particular predilection for kissing tanks, and there is no mention of the Ukrainians or Belorussians sharing this fondness. A peculiar 'tank perversion'.
Also on kissing the Red Army:
http://www.electronicmuseum.ca/Poland-W ... _01_3.html
Just found one footnote mentioning Jews in Lithuania:
http://books.google.co.za/books?id=sW8o ... 22&f=false