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    Lithuania investigating former chariman of Yad Vashem on suspicion that he murdered civilians during Holocaust Lithuania investigating former head of Holocaust
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      Lithuania investigating former chariman of Yad Vashem
      on suspicion that he murdered civilians during Holocaust


      Lithuania investigating former head of Holocaust Museum
      Jewish Telegraphic Agency
      http://www.jta.org/cgi-bin/iowa/news/article/20080227AradLithuania02272008.html


      ARAD: Suspected war criminal

      VILNIUS — Lithuania is investigating a former chairman of
      Yad Vashem on suspicion that he murdered civilians during the
      Holocaust®.

      Yitzhak Arad, a noted historian and partisan fighter who served
      21 years as the chairman of Israel's national Holocaust museum,
      is suspected by Lithuanian prosecutors of being involved in the
      wartime killing of Lithuanian civilians. The issue came to light
      when Lithuanian authorities sought to question Arad, a request
      Israel has refused.

      On Wednesday, the current chairman of Yad Vashem, Avner
      Shalev, delivered a written protest of the matter to visiting
      Lithuanian Foreign Minister Petras Vaitiekunas. Shalev urged the
      minister to bring the matter to a speedy resolution.

      "It is clear that initiating criminal proceedings into Dr. Arad's
      involvement in [Communist] partisan activity during World War
      II is tantamount to a call for an investigation into all partisan
      activity," Shalev wrote. "Any attempt to equate those actions
      with illegal activities, thereby defining them as criminal, is a
      dangerous perversion of the events that occurred in Lithuania
      during the war."

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