“Today I openly admit that my opinion about Adolfas Ramanauskas-Vanagas having endured no torture and having inflicted the injuries himself was utterly misleading and based on the lies recorded in the cases in an effort to conceal the traces of the tortures,” Vanagaite said in a comment to BNS Lithuania on Friday.
“I am very sorry about the hasty and arrogant comments I made in public,” she said.
In response to Vanagaite’s statements, Alma Littera publishing house terminated cooperation with the author and removed her books from stores.
Ramanauskas, who worked as a teacher in Alytus, joined anti-Soviet resistance in 1945 and became the commander of the Dainava partisan district a couple of years later and of the South Lithuania Region in 1948. Ramanauskas and his wife were arrested in Kaunas in 1956 and he was sentenced to death a year later. After declaring independence in 1990, Lithuania awarded Ramanauskas-Vanagas with top state decorations.