FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 1995

CRM (202) 616-2777 TDD (202) 514-1888

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT MOVES TO REVOKE U.S. CITIZENSHIP OF FORMER SECURITY POLICE OFFICIAL IN NAZI-OCCUPIED LITHUANIA WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Department of Justice announced today that it had filed a complaint in U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia to revoke the citizenship of Kazys Gim auskas, a U.S. citizen presently residing in Lithuania, based on his involvement in arrests and killings in Lithuania in collaboration with the Nazis during World War II. Gim auskas, a retired machinist, moved to Vilnius, Lithuania, from his home in St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1993 or 1994, during the investigation that led to this denaturalization proceeding. A complaint filed by the Criminal Division's Office of Special Investigations (OSI) and the U.S. Attorney's office for the District of Columbia alleges that from 1941 through 1944, Gim auskas, 87, was a senior official in two units of the Nazisponsored Lithuanian Security Police, the Saugumas. The Saugumas had special responsibility for Jewish matters which corresponded closely to that borne by the German Gestapo, the Nazi secret police. The Saugumas played an integral role in the implementation of Nazi racial policy in Lithuania, particularly in the annihilation of Lithuania's Jews. The Saugumas was a component of Einsatzkommando 3 (Operational Detachment 3), a unit of the German Security Police and Security Service responsible for the physical destruction of the Jews of Lithuania, among other tasks. The complaint alleges that Gim auskas headed the Saugumas Interrogations/Investigations Section in Kaunas, Lithuania, from July 1941 until October or November 1941 and that he thereafter served until July 1944 in Vilnius, Lithuania, as Deputy Province Chief of the Saugumas for Vilnius province. In the latter position, he was second-in-command to Vilnius Province Saugumas chief Aleksandras Lileikis, who is currently the subject of a similar denaturalization suit filed last year in federal court in Boston, Massachusetts, based upon his service in the Saugumas. Documents signed by Gim auskas and found in the Lithuanian Central State Archives confirm this service and prove that he personally ordered the arrest, interrogation, incarceration, and turnover to the German Security Police for execution of

civilians, including many Jews, at least one of whom was born in the United States. The complaint quotes extensively from examples of these documents. Gim auskas entered the United States in 1956 under the Refugee Relief Act of 1953. The complaint charges that he was not eligible for such entry, however, as that statute barred individuals who had "personally advocated or assisted in the persecution of any person or group of persons because of race, religion, or national origin." OSI Director Eli M. Rosenbaum said that the U.S. Government had apprised the Lithuanian authorities of Gim auskas's residence in Vilnius and of his wartime record. The Gim auskas suit is a result of the Department's ongoing efforts to identify and take legal action against former participants in Nazi persecution who became citizens or residents of the United States. Since OSI began operations in 1979, 52 Nazi persecutors have been stripped of U.S. citizenship and 44 persons have been removed from the United States. More than 300 persons remain under investigation. # # #