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  • Lithuanian Who Aided Nazis Loses Citizenship, Departs U.S.

    A Florida resident who admitted to serving in a Nazi-sponsored battalion during World War II moved last week to Vilnius, Lithuania. In an agreement reached with the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Special Investigations, Juozas Budreika, 79, admitted that he willfully misrepresented and concealed his service in the Lithuanian Schutzmannschaft (Protective Detachment) when he applied… More ▸

  • U.S. Renews Effort to Deport Accused War Criminal to Lithuania

    Federal prosecutors have filed a motion in Boston asking a court to find that an accused war criminal admitted to taking part in destroying the Jewish population of Vilnius, Lithuania, during World War II. Prosecutors said this week that the motion was filed because Aleksandras Lileikis, 88, who was lived for years in Norwood, Mass.,… More ▸

  • Lithuania Refuses to Request Extradition of Nazi War Criminal

    Survivors of the Nazi occupation of Lithuania say they are not surprised by last week’s decision by the Lithuanian government to put aside the extradition of Aleksandras Lileikis to stand trial for alleged war crimes. “What do you expect?” said Paul Bagriansky of Newton, Mass., when asked his reaction to the decision. “I expected nothing… More ▸

  • Jewish Hospitals Lead Way in Effort by U.S. and Latvia

    In a partnership first lay Hillary Rodham Clinton said should bring “great pride to Americans and Latvians,” the Jewish hospital in Riga, Latvia, along with two other local hospitals, has formally agreed to cooperate with three medical facilities in St. Louis. Under the agreement, which comes partially as a result of efforts by American Jewish… More ▸

  • Riga’s Jewish Community Rocked by Bomb Explosion

    One day before Riga’s Jewish community celebrated the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II and the Holocaust, a bomber planted explosives at the Latvian city’s sole remaining synagogue. The bomb exploded at 4 a.m. local time in the early hours of the Sabbath day, shattering the Peitavas Synagogue’s glass windows and light… More ▸

  • Lithuanian Leader Apologizes to Jews During Knesset Speech

    The president of Lithuania has offered a public apology to the Jewish people for the mass murder of Lithuania’s Jews by his country’s citizens during World War II. Addressing the Knesset on Wednesday, the second day of a state visit, President Algirdas Brazauskas sought forgiveness for the role his people played in the murder of… More ▸

  • Admitting Shame for the Past, Lithuanian Leader Visits Israel

    Lithuanian President Algirdas Brazauskas Launched a historic state visit to Israel this week, saying he was ashamed of his country’s participation in the murder of Jews during World War II. Brazauskas arrived in Israel on Tuesday with a delegation of 29 businessmen and his foreign minister for a three-day trip aimed at boosting ties between… More ▸

  • Responding to Protests, Lithuania Reopens Nazi Case

    In an about face, the Lithuanian government has decided to reopen the case of an alleged Nazi war criminal. Two weeks ago, Lithuania said it did not have enough evidence to prosecute Aleksandras Lileikis, 87, of Norwood, Mass. The U.S. Justice Department is seeking to deport Lileikis. The department contends that as head of the… More ▸

  • Osi Vows to Pursue Deportation Despite Setback from Lithuania

    Lithuania’s decision not to prosecute a man the United States wants to deport for his alleged involvement in Nazi war crimes has drawn fire from U.S. government officials and Jewish leaders. Although officials say the move will not stop deportation proceedings against Aleksandras Lileikis, of Norwood, Mass., it will hinder the government’s ability to expedite… More ▸