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Suspected Nazi accomplice stands trial

March 21, 2006


— An 85-year-old man deported from Florida went on trial Monday in his native Lithuania on charges of helping Nazis round up Jews during World War II.

Algimantas Dailide is accused of being a member of the Nazi-sponsored Lithuanian Security Police, known as the Saugumas, which took part in the arrests of Jews during the war, contributing to the Nazis' European-wide Holocaust.

Dailide, who moved to the U.S. in 1955 and lived there until he was deported in 2003 for lying about his wartime past, denied the charges in the Vilnius District Court.

Most of the 60,000 Jews in Vilnius were killed in a few months in fall 1941. Nearly 90 percent of Lithuania's prewar Jewish population of 220,000 was killed.

Dailide, who worked as a real estate agent in Cleveland, Ohio, before retiring to Gulfport, Fla., faces five to 20 years in prison if convicted.


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