Lithua­nia drops Yad Vashem case

The Jewish Chronicle - - World News - BY DANA GLOGER

A PROSE­CU­TION against the for­mer chair­man of Is­rael’s Holo­caust Mu­seum Yad Vashem has been dropped by Lithua­nian au­thor­i­ties.

The JC re­ported in June that his­to­rian Yitzchak Arad was be­ing in­ves­ti­gated for his ac­tiv­i­ties as part of a pro-Soviet par­ti­san re­sis­tance group dur­ing the Holo­caust.

Ear­lier this month, Lithua­nian au­thor­i­ties be­gan looking into sev­eral Jewish for­mer par­ti­sans, with a pos­si­ble view to pros­e­cut­ing them for al­leged war crimes. Dr Arad said at the time that he was “up­set and dis­ap­pointed” by the pro­ceed­ings.

This week, the case was dropped with no fur­ther action be­ing taken.

Efraim Zuroff, Is­rael di­rec­tor of the Si­mon Weisen­thal Cen­tre, said that al­though he was re­lieved that Dr Arad’s case had been closed, there was a “more se­ri­ous prob­lem of Lithua­nian Shoah dis­tor­tion and blame de­flec­tion”.

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