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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 1995                      (202) 616-2777
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      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 Nazi-
sponsored 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.

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