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  • U.S. Seeks to Evict Alleged Nazi Ally Who Helped to Kill Jews in Lithuania

    The U.S. Justice Department is seeking to deport an Illinois man for allegedly participating in the persecution and murder of Jews during World War II. According to a complaint filed Monday, Peter John Bernes, alias Petras Bernotavicius, was a deputy to Werner Loew, a Nazi-appointed mayor and police commander assigned to Kupiskis, Lithuania. Bernes, 79,… More ▸

  • Arts & Culture Painter Who Survived Holocaust Has Homecoming Exhibit in Vilnius

    Lithuania is commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Holocaust by helping to fund an exhibit of paintings by Samuel Bak, a Lithuanian-born Holocaust survivor. The show, housed in both the State Art Museum and the Gaon Jewish State Museum, features more than 100 of Bak’s works from 1942-2001. Bak, 68, now lives in Boston. Boston’s… More ▸

  • Konrad Kalejs, War Crimes Suspect, Dies Before Trial Can Begin in Latvia

    A Nazi war crimes suspect has died before he could be extradited to stand trial. Konrad Kalejs, 88, who was appealing his extradition to Latvia, died Nov. 8 in his nursing home in Australia. He reportedly suffered from dementia. For years, Kalejs has faced charges of being involved in the wartime slaughter of civilians when… More ▸

  • Lithuanian Moves Against Ex-nazis Seen As Response to Global Pressure

    Lithuania has long been accused of purposefully dragging its feet in Nazi-era war crimes cases. But two recent events appear to show that the former Soviet republic is responding to international pressure and moving ahead with some prosecutions. Last week the country saw its first successful World War II-era conviction since it earned its independence… More ▸

  • Lithuania to Seek Extradition of Alleged Nazi-era War Criminal

    Lithuania plans to ask British officials to extradite a man accused of Nazi war crimes. Anton Gecas, 85, is alleged to have killed Jews and other civilians when he was head of a special Nazi police unit in a part of Lithuania that is now in the former Soviet republic of Belarus. More than 90… More ▸

  • Latvia Requests Extradition of World War Ii Crimes Suspects

    Responding to an extradition request from Latvia, Australian officials have detained a war crimes suspect allegedly involved in the deaths of up to 30,000 Jews during World War II. Officials on Wednesday arrested Konrad Kalejs and later released him, but they took his passport to prevent him from fleeing the country. Justice Minister Amanda Vanstone… More ▸

  • Australian Jews Welcome News Latvia Will Investigate Accused Nazi

    The Australian Jewish community is welcoming reports that Latvia is investigating an Australian citizen who allegedly participated in the killing of thousands of Jews during World War II. Australia’s own investigation into Karlis Ozols, accused of being a senior officer in the wartime Latvian security police, was abandoned in 1992, when Australia closed its Special… More ▸

  • Latvia Says It Will Go After Nazis, but Critics Have Heard That Before

    Nazi hunters from around the globe are keeping a wary eye on Latvia. While they welcomed Latvia’s announcement that it is committed to investigating suspected Naziera war criminals, they are cautioning that they have heard such promises before. Latvia’s announcement came at the end of a two-day conference held last week in Riga, the country’s… More ▸

  • Latvian War Crimes Suspect to Leave Britain, Return to Australia

    A Latvian war crimes suspect allegedly involved in the deaths of up to 30,000 Jews during World War II is expected to leave Britain voluntarily after the British government announced that he would be deported. Konrad Kalejs, who has previously been deported from the United States and Canada, is likely to head for Australia, where… More ▸