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Moscow Charges Philadelphian with Killing Jews in Kaunas Under Nazis

The Soviet Union has accused a former Lithuanian army officer, now living in Philadelphia, of directing the shooting of several thousand Jews during World War II and has demanded his extradition, Tass, the Soviet news agency, reported yesterday.

The extradition of Antanas L. Impulavichus was asked in a note handed to the United States Embassy in Moscow. The note said that an investigation had established that in the 1941-43 period, Impulavichus had supervised mass shootings of Soviet citizens, including the Jews who were shot in the former Kaunas fortress in Lithuania.

(In Philadelphia, a daughter, asked about the charges, said that all she knew about her father’s past was that he had been a major in the Lithuanian army. He was not available at his home for comment.)