Time of Truth Ruta Vanagaite

$20,060 of $35,000 goal

Raised by 192 people in 8 months
Created October 13, 2018

33723984_1541287053982634_r.jpegThe Time of Truth

Ruta Vanagaite, author of the book that shook Lithuania - "Our People" is continuing the fight to tell the truth about the Holocaust in her country. This time she teamed up with a world-famous Holocaust historian Dr Christoph Dieckmann. A 300 page book under the title "... And Their Local Helpers" is almost ready. Yet, due to its' content it is unlikely that it will see the light of day in Lithuania. We need your help to raise funds in order to get this unprecedented work independently published. 

Amount to be raised: 35 000 Australian dollars - 22.400 Euros
> Costs of publication:
> Honorarium for Dr Christoph Dieckmann 10 000 euro
> Honorarium for the editor of the English edition 2 000 euro
> Honorarium for the Lithuanian translator 3 000 euro
> Honorarium for the Lithuanian editor 2 000
> Layout of the book 300 pages 900
> Cover Designer 500
> Publications costs 1000 copies x 4 euros a book total  4000
> Total 22.400 editor of the English edition
- 2 000 euro

> Honorarium for the Lithuanian translator- 3 000 euro

> Honorarium for the Lithuanian editor
- 2 000 euro

> Layout of the book (300 pages approx)
- 900 euro

> Cover Designer
- 500 euro

> Publications costs 1000 copies x 4 euros a book total 
- 4000 euro

Total 22 400 euro (approx $35,000 AUD)

Since we started campaign in Australia, money cannot be withdrawn overseas. Hence our plan is, Elena Green (myself) will  withdraw money monthly to my private account in Australia and then perform bank transfer to Ruta overseas, with first withdrawal going directly to Dr. Christoph Dieckmann. Both bank accounts for Dr. Christoph (German bank account) and Ruta Vanagaite (Israel bank account(  have been supplied to Elena Green. 

Over 100 donors contributed to our campaign so far, donations ranging from $10 to $2,000. We are grateful for all the support. 

Please help us reach our goal, every donation counts. This story has to be heard, acknowledged and actioned upon in Lithuania. Ruta is an incredible fearless  human being, with passion, drive and courage of conviction to see it through and get her book “...And their local helpers” published.

Thank you,


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Dear friends,

Thanks to your support the new book on the Holocaust in Lithuania is practically ready.
The title is HOW DID IT HAPPEN? ("Our People, part II. Understanding Holocaust in Lithuania). The book is over 300 pages.

Here are some of the comments of the people who read a few chapters of the book: "It is powerful and almost surgically precise", "Eye opening".

It is all not because of me but because of the incredible knowledge and insights of my co-author Dr. Christoph Dieckmann.

Thank you all. If anyone wants to read some chapter please write to me vanagaite.r@gmail.com and I will send to you the material.

The funds we have managed to raise since last October enabled us to cover the fee of Dr. Dieckmann as well as the costs of two one week sessions (one person, travel and hotel) for our meetings working on the manuscript. We are still lacking some funds for the professional translation of the book into Lithuanian. I hope we will be able to gather the funds needed in the future.

With a lot of respect and gratitude

Rūta Vanagaitė
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Antisemitism is a disease. Disease of the mind, in its mild form, it produces irrational dislike and in severe form, it can lead to genocide. Prevention is the best form of treatment for any disease. Education, acknowledgement, awareness are all preventative measures. Be part of the cure. Help educational, deeply researched book about the Holocaust get published in Lithuania.

Lithuania is a special case, being one the few countries in Europe during WW2, to execute the Final Solution ahead of it becoming an official directive. And yet, the number of Litvaks who helped Jews escape was marginally higher than the number of those who participated in the Holocaust. What happened? And what can be done today? These and related subjects will be covered in the new book.

With great pleasure, we would like to introduce Dr. Christoph Dieckmann, the co-author of the book about Holocaust in Lithuania, to be published in 2019.

Thank you to so many contributors, please help us share and spread the word.
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