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2. The Wiesenthal list of 22 Lithuanian Nazi collaborators ..

‘The names of the seven former Lithuanians who had collaborated with the Nazis in exterminating Jews were included on an initial list of 22 suspects (collated by Lithuania’s Prosecutor General’s Office) who had settled in Australia after the war.’

‘Efraim Zuroff, director of The Simon Wiesenthal Centre, passed the list to Australia in 2002.’

Paul Daley (SMH) August 19, 2012.


22 men living in Australia about the time of the death of the Somerton Man and all of them fearing some sort of retribution. How could they not be? These 22 are in addition to the list of over 120 Germans brought to Australia in 47/48 in great secrecy by Great Britain to work on rocketry. They were employed at the South Australian Salisbury complex (pic), given new identities and allowed to live relatively freely.

The de-classified file containing the list of these 120+ men may also have their photos … may also have their aliases and some correspondence and if all goes well I might get a glimpse of it. Finding where the file is located was one thing, managing to find a suitably accredited person to get into the archive room was another.

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  1. gordon1552 #

    The PDF file on Operation Paper Clip and Operation matchbox, interestingly have as a keyword, Percy Sillitoe. the same man who took over MI5 in 1946 and visited Australia in April 1948.

    June 28, 2021
  2. misca #

    Not sure if this relates at all to your list…I have found two ships that sailed into Australia with many Lithuanian’s.

    One departing from Bremerhaven, Germany arriving 12 Jan 1948 Fremantle, Western Australia. Ship Name: General Stewart

    The other departing from Venice, Italy on 19 Aug 1948 arriving September 1948. Ship Name: Protea.

    Could either of these be of interest?

    July 5, 2021
  3. misca #

    I realize that there were many such ships of migrants but those two have full manifests available on ancestry. There are probably many more; these are the two that I have encountered so far.

    July 5, 2021
    • Thanks Misca … what I’m hoping to learn is the name of the ship that transported the German technicians to Australia, unless they were flown in.

      July 5, 2021

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