Alleged Nazi Official Loses U.S. Citizenship

Reuters

A federal judge Friday stripped accused Nazi collaborator Aleksandras Lileikis of his U.S. citizenship.

The action by U.S. District Judge Richard Stearns means the government can begin deportation proceedings against Lileikis, 88, described as the secret police chief in Nazi-controlled Vilnius, Lithuania, from 1941 to 1944.

Federal prosecutors, using records preserved at the Lithuanian Central State Archives, believe Lileikis participated in the destruction of the Jewish population of Vilnius during World War II.

The records showed Lileikis repeatedly signed and issued orders directing that arrested Jews be held at his disposition in the Vilnius Hard Labor Prison, and then turned over to a killing squad, and the German Security Police for execution, prosecutors said.

Lileikis, a retired publishing worker who lives in Norwood, Mass., a suburb southwest of Boston, refused to answer any questions about his war record during court proceedings.

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