Ruta Vanagait

Ruta Vanagait is a well-known Lithuanian producer, journalist and author. Her third best-selling book, Our People, co-authored with Israeli historian and Nazi-hunter Dr. Efraim Zuroff, deals with the complicity of Lithuanians in Holocaust crimes. The book has been translated into 5 languages and recently appeared in English In October 2017 all Vanagaite’s books (6 titles, 27 000 copies altogether) were removed from the book shelves in Lithuania after Ruta’s critical comment about one of national heroes. None of her books are available in Lithuanian book stores any more. In June 2020 Ruta self-published another book on Shoa in Lithuania written together with a top German historian Dr. Christoph Dieckmann. The book How Did It Happen? will come out in English in Spring 2021. After living in Israel for 3 years Ruta has recently returned to Lithuania.
Lithuania’s Hidden Holocaust
An alliance between a noted Nazi hunter and the descendant of perpetrators resulted in the remarkable Our People: Discovering Lithuania’s Hidden Holocaust. Simon Wiesenthal Centre director Efraim Zuroff has worked for years to bring war criminals to justice and to compel local authorities to reveal the truth. Lithuanian writer Rūta Vanagaitė was motivated by the discovery that relatives had played a role in the mass murder of Jews and that Lithua...