Posted on July 21, 2003
Nazi hunters receive names of 184 suspected Lithuanian
VILNIUS, July 21 (AFP) - The Nazi-hunting
Simon Wiesenthal Center said on Monday it has received
the names of 184 Lithuanians suspected of Holocaust-related
crimes since it offered a reward for information a year
"The results achieved during the
first year of the operation 'Last Chance in Lithuania'
are the best proof of the significance of this project,"
Efraim Zuroff, the project coordinator said in a statement.
"Most of the names submitted to us
were unknown and they constitute an important addition
to our knowledge of the identity of the perpetrators
of the Holocaust," he added.
He said 32 names of suspects had been
submitted for formal investigation to the Baltic state's
public prosecutor and two official murder investigations
had already been opened by the Lithuanian authorities.
Under its Last Chance project launched
a year ago the organisation offered a 10,000 dollar
reward for information which could lead to the conviction
and punishment of Holocaust criminals in the three Baltic
states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
To date the Center has not given a financial
reward to informants in Lithuania but said it promises
to do so "as soon as there is an official murder
investigation against any suspect healthy enough to
About 90 percent of Lithuania's pre-war
220,000-strong Jewish community perished during the