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2019.08.02 13:30

Prosecutors receive complaints over removal of Noreika memorial plaque in Vilnius

BNS2019.08.02 13:30

Prosecutors have received four complaints over the removal of the memorial plaque to Jonas Noreika, a pre-war Lithuanian military officer and an anti-Soviet resistance fighter accused of collaboration with the Nazis, according to Lithuanian media 15min.lt.

The Prosecutor General's Office told the news site that the complaints were being examined, but no decisions had been made yet.

The plaque to Noreika, known as Generolas Vėtra (General Storm), was taken down from the facade of the Wroblewski Library of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences in the early hours of last Saturday, provoking both outrage and support.

Read more: Vilnius removes plaque for anti-Soviet partisan and accused Nazi collaborator Jonas Noreika

Vilnius Mayor Remigijus Šimašius has said the plaque was removed in view of the fact that Noreika, as head of Šiauliai County during the Nazi occupation, signed orders to set up a Jewish ghetto and confiscate their property.

Read more: Accusations against Noreika are ‘outrageous’, but we shouldn’t ‘heroize controversial figures’ – experts

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