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  • Anti-semitic History Book Remains in Latvian Schools

    Latvia has agreed to halt distribution of a controversial history book, but human rights activists are questioning the sincerity of the move. In response to a campaign led by the Washington-based Union of Councils for Soviet Jews and local activists, which had demanded that Janis Karklins’ “Latvian Eulenspiegel” be withdrawn from schools, the Latvian president’s… More ▸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 ▸

  • Swiss Holocaust Fund Checks Delivered to Latvian Survivors

    Some of the recipients were less than enthusiastic. “The sum is insulting,” said 75-year-old Yevgenia Barowska. “It should be a monthly pension.” Barowska was among the 82 Latvian Holocaust survivors who received the first checks from a Swiss fund for needy survivors. While she criticized the checks for $400 distributed at a ceremony Tuesday in… More ▸

  • Holocaust Survivors in Latvia to Get First Swiss Fund Checks

    A 75-year-old Latvian Jew who narrowly escaped death by fleeing a Nazi labor camp will be the first Holocaust survivor to receive payment from a Swiss fund created earlier this year. Riva Sefere’s receipt of a $400 check at a ceremony scheduled for Nov. 18 in the Latvian capital of Riga will end months of… More ▸

  • Wiesenthal Center Urges Latvia, Australia to Indict War Criminals

    The Simon Wiesenthal Center believes that 64 suspected Latvian war criminals are living in Australia and has called on the Australian government to take action against them. The center’s Israel director, Efraim Zuroff, gave the Australian ambassador to Israel the list of names and urged Australia to investigate the cases quickly. Zuroff called on Australia… 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 ▸

  • Latvia Reverses Stance with New Probe of Suspected Nazi

    Latvian officials are not yet ready to end their investigation of a suspected Nazi war criminal living in Australia. The Latvian Prosecutor General’s Office last week announced that it would launch a new investigation of Konrad Kalejs in order to discover “the actual circumstances of the case.” The office also sent letters to the justice… More ▸