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  • 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 ▸

  • 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 ▸

  • 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 ▸

  • 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 ▸