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Israel shuns Lithuanians over Holocaust probe

Last Updated: Thursday, September 15, 2011 - 21:43

Jerusalem: Israel`s official Holocaust memorial has rescinded an invitation to Lithuanian officials to attend a memorial, to protest their country`s call to investigate a Holocaust survivor.

The decision follows a Lithuanian accusation against a prominent Holocaust survivor of slandering Lithuanians who collaborated with the Nazis, but are considered national heroes because they opposed the Russians.

Yad Vashem said Thursday it was surprised by the Lithuanian move. In response it decided to cancel the participation of Lithuanian officials in a ceremony next week commemorating the World War II destruction of Lithuanian Jewry.

Lithuania`s culture minister and its ambassador to Israel were slated to attend.

Yad Vashem said the memorial will take place with survivor organizations attending.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, September 15, 2011 - 21:43

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