Baltic

  • Lithuania Rebuffs Neo-nazi Group

    Lithuania’s president has rejected an appeal by a neo- Nazi group to be officially recognized as a political group. President Valdus Adamkus denied the request because he is “convinced that a democratic society cannot put up with organizations instigating racial and religious discord,” according to a presidential spokesman. The neo-Nazi group, known as the Lithuanian… More ▸

  • Synagogue Bombing Rocks Latvian Government, Jews

    The Latvian government and the Baltic nation’s Jewish community are reeling from a bombing that seriously damaged the only synagogue in the Baltic nation’s capital city of Riga. “People are angry and they don’t know what to do,” Rabbi Mordechai Glazman, said in a telephone interview from Riga. The early morning blast to the 93-year-old… More ▸

  • Lithuania Anxious for Yivo to Return Jewish Documents

    A slew of documents chronicling Eastern European Jewish life — sent to an American Jewish institution from Lithuania for cataloging — is at the center of an international dispute. In a recent Lithuanian newspaper article, archival officials in the Baltic nation charged that the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research does not want to return the… More ▸

  • Jews Silent As Veterans of Latvian Nazi Unit Gather

    Hundreds of Latvians who fought for Nazi Germany have gathered to commemorate the 55th anniversary of the founding of their unit. Human rights groups and organizations representing Latvia’s Russian minority had unsuccessfully tried to convince the Baltic nation’s leadership to ban this week’s commemorations — but the Jewish community was quiet. One Jewish activist in… More ▸

  • Lithuanian Court Postpones Trial of Alleged War Criminal

    A Vilnius judge has adjourned the trial of an alleged Nazi war criminal for 10 weeks — just a day after the trial began. In ruling for the adjournment, however, a judge with the Vilnius Regional Court, Viktoras Kazys, rejected an appeal by the lawyer for Aleksandras Lileikis to drop the charges against his 91-year-old… More ▸

  • Second Alleged War Criminal Faces Prosecution in Lithuania

    Lithuania is pressing charges against a second man alleged to have participated in the murder of Jews during World War II. Kazys Gimzauskas, 89, is suspected of giving orders to arrest, imprison and execute Jews while he was deputy chief of the Nazi-sponsored Lithuanian secret police, known as the Saugumas, from 1941 to 1944. The… More ▸

  • Latvian President, Legislators Battle over Holocaust Remark

    The battle between Latvia’s president and the country’s Parliament over participation in the Holocaust is showing no signs of slowing down. On the eve of a scheduled visit to Israel next week, Latvian President Guntis Ulmanis has sent a letter to the Baltic nation’s Parliament urging lawmakers to admit that Latvians participated in the Holocaust…. More ▸

  • Estonia Suspects Israelis Performed Illegal Transplants

    Kidney transplants recently performed in Estonia have thrown the spotlight on the issue of Israeli organ transplants. The controversy, which one leading daily newspaper in the Baltic nation has labeled the “scandal of the year,” began in early January, when Israeli surgeons transplanted kidneys into Israeli patients at the Central Hospital in the Estonian capital… More ▸

  • Lithuania’s President-elect Rejects Charges of Nazi Ties

    A spokesman for Lithuania’s president-elect has denied reports that Valdas Adamkus fought on the side of the Nazis during World War II. The allegation was made last week in a radio interview with Vladimir Lukin, chairman of the international affairs committee in the State Duma, Russia’s lower house of parliament. Lukin, Russia’s former ambassador to… More ▸

  • Vandals Hit Latvian Synagogue

    Vandals have painted a swastika and anti-Semitic slogans on a synagogue in the Latvian capital of Riga. The desecration last Friday came after a neo-Nazi group known as Lightning and Cross distributed leaflets in Riga calling Jews and Russians enemies of the Latvian people. The slogans in the leaflets were the same as those painted… More ▸