Lithuania

  • 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 ▸

  • 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 ▸

  • 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 ▸

  • Lithuania May Charge Jews for Crimes Against Humanity

    A top Lithuanian official has hinted that he may investigate Jews suspected of genocide. The prosecutor general of the Baltic nation pledged last week that his office would create a new department to probe cases of genocide and crimes against humanity committed during World War II. But he alarmed local Jewish leaders when he said… More ▸

  • Suspected War Criminal Dies Before Lithuania Pursues Justice

    A Lithuanian suspected of committing war crimes during the Nazi occupation has died without ever being brought to trial. Antanas Mineikis, 80, died Monday at an old-age home. He had recently suffered a stroke, according to news reports. His death came as Lithuania launched an investigation into another suspected war criminal, Kazys Gimzauskas. But Jewish… More ▸

  • Lithuania Begins Investigation of Suspected Nazi War Criminal

    Lithuania has launched an investigation of a suspected Nazi war criminal living in the Baltic nation. The decision to investigate Kazys Gimzauskas was given a cautious welcome by Jewish leaders, who said similar moves in the past against suspected war criminals had failed to lead to convictions. Efraim Zuroff, director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s… More ▸

  • Lithuania Delays Action on Law to Facilitate War Criminal Trial

    Lithuania’s Parliament has delayed action on an amendment that would facilitate the prosecution of alleged World War II criminals. The move has the biggest impact on the unfinished case of Aleksandras Lileikis, 90, who is accused of having handed Jews over to death squads in Vilnius during World War II when he was head of… More ▸

  • Lithuania Marks Holocaust Day by Honoring Christian Rescuers

    Lithuania has observed its annual commemoration of Holocaust victims by honoring Christians who risked their lives to save Jews during World War II. Lithuanian President Algirdas Brazauskas last week decorated 27 Lithuanians with the Life Rescuer Cross, which was established in 1992, soon after Lithuania gained its independence from the Soviet Union. The commemoration came… More ▸