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June 3rd, 2010
10:35 AM ET

One man's crusade to bring justice

Efraim Zuroff's great-uncle was kidnapped in Lithuania, in 1941, by a gang of Lithuanians "roaming the streets of [Vilnius] ... looking for Jews with beards to arrest." He was murdered soon after along with his wife and two sons, Zuroff said.

Zuroff would go on to spend his life hunting Nazis. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, more names of alleged Holocaust criminals have turned up from Lithuania than from anywhere else in Eastern Europe, Zuroff said.

But prosecuting them for war crimes has been a disappointment, he said, because Lithuania has failed to punish a single one of its own Holocaust war criminals since its independence in 1991.

"Nowhere in the world," Zuroff said, "has a government gone to such lengths to obscure their role in the Holocaust."

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Journeys • Judaism

soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. cyckai

    lithuanian collaborators should be sought and tried for their crimes.
    kgb members – russian or jew should be sought and tried for their crimes.

    June 4, 2010 at 6:58 am |
  2. Reality

    Nazi German adults during WWII fit in the same category. Those still living should also be tried for crimes against humanity.

    June 3, 2010 at 2:23 pm |
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