Baltic

  • Judge Allows Alleged Nazi Guard in Latvian Camp to Stay in Canada

    A Canadian judge has ruled that an 81-year-old British Columbia resident can stay in Canada despite allegations that he worked as a guard at a Nazi-run camp in Latvia from 1941 to 1943. Lawyers for Eduards Podins contended that he was a grocer and had nothing to do with guarding prisoners at the camp near… More ▸

  • Estonian Nazi Collaborator Buried with Honors in National Cemetery

    The remains of the man who commanded Estonia’s Nazi- sponsored SS division during World War II has been reburied in the country’s national cemetery alongside the graves of some of the Baltic nation’s leading historical figures. Estonia’s top state and military officials attended Saturday’s ceremony honoring Alfons Rebane, who is regarded by many Estonians as… More ▸

  • Israeli Ambassador Calls Lithuania a Nazi Haven, Angering Lawmakers

    Once again, Israel’s ambassador to Lithuania has managed to raise the hackles of many of that Baltic nation’s politicians. And once again, he touched on the same hot-button accusation: that Lithuania’s poor record of prosecuting suspected Nazi war criminals proves that the country has turned into a haven for Nazi collaborators. Oded Ben Hur, who… More ▸

  • Alleged Lithuanian Collaborator Denies He Killed Jews During War

    An 81-year-old man deported from the United States for his World War II-era activities told prosecutors in his native Lithuania this week that he had not killed any Jews during the war. But in a meeting with Lithuanian prosecutors in the capital Vilnius, Kazys Ciurinskas did not deny collaboration with the Nazis, who occupied the… More ▸

  • Court Orders Historian to Return Documents, Tapes on Riga Ghetto

    A bitter legal battle waged by Holocaust survivors against a renowned German historian appears to be nearing a conclusion this week, but it may be harder to heal the emotional wounds. A Berlin court last Tuesday ruled that Wolfgang Scheffler must return all remaining tape recordings and documents loaned to him by the Society of… More ▸

  • Latvian Jews Protest March, Holiday for World War Ii Veterans

    Hundreds of Latvians participated in a march this week of war veterans who fought the Soviet Red Army during World War II. The local Jewish community protested the event held Tuesday, made into a national holiday for the first time this year, saying it commemorates soldiers who fought for the Nazi cause. Grigory Krupnikov, leader… More ▸

  • Latvian Jews Threaten Boycott of Holiday

    Latvian Jewish leaders are threatening to boycott a national holiday dedicated to soldiers who died in World War II because it will be focused on commemorating soldiers who fought for the Nazi cause. Grigory Krupnikov, the leader of the Latvian Jewish community, said that as part of the boycott of the first annual Latvian Soldiers… More ▸

  • Latvian Government Calls for Investigation of Wartime Book

    The Latvian Foreign Ministry has called on the country’s Prosecutor General’s Office to determine whether a recently reprinted book contains anti-Semitic propaganda or glorifies Nazi ideology, according to Latvia’s official news agency. The book, titled “The Fearful Year,” describes crimes committed against Latvians during the Soviet occupation of the Baltic nation between the summer of… More ▸

  • German Court Backs Pensions for Veterans of Latvian Ss Unit

    A German court has ruled that former non-German members of an elite Nazi unit that participated in the massacre of Eastern European Jews are entitled to pensions. The ruling by a federal court in Kassel overturns a lower court’s denial of a pension to a former Latvian member of the Waffen-SS and to the widow… More ▸

  • Genealogists Compiling Full List of Lithuanian Holocaust Victims

    Two Jewish genealogists are compiling a comprehensive list of the roughly 200,000 to 240,000 Jews from Lithuania who perished in the Holocaust. “We’re going to create a database and hopefully publish a memorial book in a few years,” said Saul Issroff. Issroff, a semi-retired dermatologist who lives in London, traveled to Lithuania last year and… More ▸