Nazi hunter meets Russian official over Holocaust distortion

The chief Nazi hunter of the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center met Wednesday with a senior Russian official to discuss combating recent phenomenon of Holocaust distortion and the glorification of Nazi collaborators in post-Communist Eastern Europe. The Moscow discussion between the organization's Israel Director Dr. Efraim Zuroff and the Chairman of the Committee for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Senate Mikhail Margelov focused primarily on the Baltic states and the Ukraine, where such phenomenon have increased in recent months. Incidents have included efforts to equalize the benefits of Ukrainians who collaborated with the Nazis to those of Red Army veterans who fought against the Germans, as well as the attempts by Lithuania to prosecute Holocaust survivor and scholar and former Yad Vashem Chairman Dr. Yitzchak Arad. The battle for the prosecution of Holocaust perpetrators will soon end and we will then face a new and equally-important struggle for truth in history, Zuroff said.