Eyewitness History
Listen on Your Favorite App

Talking To A Nazi’s Granddaughter — Discovering War Crimes in Your Family's Past

December 09, 2023
00:00 35:40
Listen on Your Favorite App

This episode looks at a deathbed promise from a daughter to a mother, which leads the daughter on a journey to write about her grandfather who was a famous war hero. But this journey had a terrible destination: the discovery that he was a Nazi war criminal. Today’s guest is the daughter -- Silvia Foti – author of the book “Storm in the land of rain." Her mother was dying and she wanted to preserve family history, so she asked Silvia to write a book about Foti’s grandfather, Jonas Noreika, a famous WWII hero.

Foti had no idea that in keeping her promise to her mother, her discoveries would bring her to a personal crisis, unearth Holocaust denial, and expose an official cover-up by the Lithuanian government that resulted in an internationally-followed lawsuit. Jonas Noreika was a Lithuanian known as General Storm.

He led an uprising that won the country of Lithuania back from the communists, only to have it fall under Nazi control. He was an official during the Holocaust and chief of the second largest region in the country during the Nazi occupation, yet he became a prisoner in a Nazi concentration camp.

Foti set out to write a heroic biography about her famous grandfather. But as she dug ever deeper, she “encountered so much evidence proving my flesh and blood ‘hero’ was a Jew-killer, even I could no longer believe the lie.”

Remember to subscribe, rate, and review Eyewitness History.

Follow the Show on Social Media!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EyewitnessHistory

Twitter: https://twitter.com/EyewitnessPod

More Episodes
See all episodes
Meet Your Host
Meet Your Host
Josh Cohen is a journalist and commentator living out of the Midwest.

He has written for a number of reputable publications.

His fascination with history is in the story of our existence and how it is told. Keeping the tradition of storytelling alive in Eyewitness History is what drives him.
Podcasts About Us Contact Us Newsletters