Alleged Jew persecuter deported to Germany

A retired Florida real estate agent accused of persecuting Jews in Lithuania during World War II has been stripped of his US citizenship and deported to Germany.

    The Nazis sponsored the Lithuanian security forces

    Algimantas Dailide, 82, "has permanently departed the United

    States for Germany",

     Assistant Attorney General Christopher Wray

    said on Thursday, closing Dailide's long court battle against

    denaturalisation and deportation.

    US courts confirmed that Dailide, "as a member of the

    Nazi-sponsored Lithuanian Security Police - the Saugumas - took

    part in the wartime arrest of Jewish men, women and children who

    were attempting to escape from forced confinement in the Vilnius

    Jewish ghetto

    "The Saugumas systematically arrested and turned over for

    punishment and execution, Jews who attempted to escape confinement

    from the Vilnius ghetto, as well as any person who tried to help

    them."

    Executions 

    The statement added: "Jews arrested by the Saugumas were shot at execution pits at

    Paneriai, a wooded area outside Vilnius where some 50,000 Jews were

    murdered during the war."

    Dailide served in the security police from 1941 until 1944 when

    the Germans fled Lithuania.

    He entered the United States in 1950 and

    became a US citizen in 1955, according to the statement.

    In February 1997, the US District Court in Cleveland revoked his

    citizenship and he lost a series of appeals, the last of which was

    turned down by the US Court of Appeals in

    Atlanta, Georgia, last month.

    SOURCE: AFP


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