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18:26 GMT, Sep 11, 2007
Lithuania suspects prominent Israeli Holocaust researcher of war crimes during WWII
VILNIUS. Sept 11 (Interfax) - Lithuania has requested that the
Israeli authorities facilitate the questioning of prominent historian
and Holocaust researcher Yitzhak Arad regarding his partisan past during
World War II and his supposed subsequent service for the Soviet NKVD
"The pretrial investigation documents of this criminal case include
enough data to assume that the suspect Yitzhak Arad might have committed
criminal deeds in Lithuania," the Lithuanian Prosecutor General's Office
said in a press release.
According to the Lithuanian prosecution authorities, Arad joined a
Soviet partisan squad while Lithuania was occupied by Nazi Germany and
then served with the NKVD. He is suspected of involvement in executions
of Lithuanian civilians and members of the anti-Soviet resistance
movement, the statement says.
Following WWII, Arad served for the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF)
and was promoted to brigadier general. After retirement in 1972, he
became a historian and a Holocaust researcher. He was the director of
Yad Vashem, the Israeli Holocaust Remembrance Authority, for 21 years
from 1972 to 1991.
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