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  • Latvia Honors Ss Unit at Reburial of 53 Soldiers

    The remains of 53 Latvian SS troops have been buried with full military honors near the capital of Riga. Nearly 1,000 people, including veterans of the war-time Nazi-subordinated Latvian Legion attended the ceremony Sunday. The Latvian government did not participate. But some members of Parliament were reported to have been among those people attending the… More ▸

  • Baltic Knesset Convenes on Anti-semitism in Estonia

    Jewish leaders of three Baltic states are expressing concern about anti-Semitism in Latvia and Lithuania. The comments came during a recent three-day meeting of the Assembly of Jewish Communities of the Baltic States — a group known as the Baltic Knesset. The annual session of the group, held in the Estonian capital of Tallinn, also… More ▸

  • Jewish Leader Doubts Sincerity of Lithuania’s Self-examination

    Lithuania has officially established an international commission to examine war crimes committed during the Nazi and Soviet occupations of the Baltic nation. Julius Smulkstis, an adviser to Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus who was named government liaison to the Jewish community in June, was quoted as saying that the commission’s main function is “to investigate the… More ▸

  • Chief Rabbi Asks Lithuania to Transfer Torahs to Israel

    Israel’s chief Ashkenazi rabbi has asked Lithuania to transfer dozens of Torah scrolls to the Jewish state. The scrolls, currently housed in the Baltic nation’s main library, are at the center of a dispute between Lithuania and Jewish groups, both in Lithuania and abroad, over the ownership of a large repository of Judaica material. More… More ▸

  • Lithuanian Jews Look to U.S. for Help in Recovering Property

    The president of Lithuania has promised a top U.S. official that he would try to advance efforts to restore Jewish communal property. President Valdas Adamkus made the promise to Stuart Eizenstat, the U.S. undersecretary of state for economic affairs, who was in the Baltic nation last week to discuss U.S.-Lithuanian economic relations. Local Jewish leaders… More ▸

  • Lithuanian President Names Liaison to Jewish Community

    The president of Lithuania has named his chief adviser to also serve as the government’s liaison to the Jewish community. Simonas Alperavicius, chairman of the Lithuanian Jewish community, expressed cautious optimism in a telephone interview that the appointment of Julius Smulkstys could have a positive effect on Lithuanian-Jewish relations. During the Nazi occupation of Lithuania… More ▸

  • U.S. to Deport Lithuanian

    The United States is one step closer to deporting an 80-year-old man who served in a Lithuanian mobile killing squad during World War II. A federal appeals court in Chicago unanimously affirmed last Friday a 1995 court decision to strip Kazys Ciurinskas of his U.S. citizenship. The U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Special Investigations charged… More ▸

  • Lithuanian Judge Delays Trial of Alleged Nazi War Criminal

    A Lithuanian judge has postponed the trial of an alleged Nazi war criminal for the second time. The trial of Aleksandras Lileikis, 91, was slated to begin this week in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius. But a judge in the case granted an adjournment of one month to allow investigators to finish examining recently obtained… More ▸

  • Lithuania Will Not Prosecute Man Accused of War Crimes

    Lithuanian prosecutors have said they would not prosecute a Pennsylvania resident accused of war crimes. They said there are insufficient grounds to prosecute Jonas Stelmokas, a former Lithuanian platoon commander accused of helping the Nazis massacre thousands of Jews. A U.S. federal immigration judge has ordered the deportation of Stelmokas, 82, a retired architect. Stelmokas… More ▸

  • Israeli Embassy Threatened Amid Growing Tension in Latvia

    The Israeli Embassy in Latvia is the latest target of a campaign against the country’s Jews. The embassy, which is located in the Latvian capital of Riga, received a bomb threat Thursday that paralyzed the work of the mission for more than two hours — no bomb was found. The threat against the Israeli legation… More ▸