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  • 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 ▸

  • 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 ▸

  • 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 ▸