BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A Holocaust institute has called on Romanian authorities to not rehabilitate a war criminal convicted for his role in the slaying of Jews and Roma in the former Soviet Union.
The Elie Wiesel Institute for Holocaust Study said Friday it hoped authorities in the eastern county of Vrancea wouldn’t move to restitute land to the family of Gheorghe Alexianu who was governor of the Trans-Dniester region during World War II.
It said the move could affect “the memory of tens of thousands of Jewish and Roma victims,” deported there from Romania.
In 2008, Romania’s highest appeal court rejected an attempt to rehabilitate Alexianu, convicted of war crimes and sentenced to death in 1946.
Most Read Nation & World Stories
- Here's the difference between N95 and KN95 masks, and how to spot a fake
- Sports on TV & radio: Local listings for Seattle games and events
- As nations decide to live with the virus, some disease experts warn of surrendering too soon
- Popular TV anchor catches COVID for a second time: 'This virus is scary'
- Tonga volcano's eruption was so forceful, it may have helped clear Seattle's fog
Last year, a judge in Vrancea ordered authorities to return the land to Alexianu’s family.