Group: Hungary must try alleged Nazi collaborator (JERUSALEM POST) By GIL SHEFLER 04/19/12)
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The world´s most wanted living Nazi collaborator is Laszlo Csatary,
the Simon Wiesenthal Center said in its annual report on Thursday.
Csatary was the police chief of Kosice during the deportation of
15,700 local Jews to Auschwitz in spring 1944, the Jewish group said.
After the war he emigrated to Canada but was stripped of his
citizenship in 1995 when his wartime role was discovered and
subsequently left the country.
Efraim Zuroff, the SWC´s Israel director, said Csatary resurfaced in
Hungary earlier this year and that he hoped local authorities would
prosecute him promptly.
"He is 95 years old and is still driving his car," Zuroff said. "He
lives in Budapest."
Jewish groups like the Simon Wiesenthal Center have been pressing
European governments to try Nazis and their collaborators - the
youngest of which are now in their late eighties - for decades with
"In the past eleven years, at least ninety convictions against Nazi
war criminals have been obtained, at least seventy-nine new
indictments have been filed, and well over three thousand new
investigations have been initiated," said Zuroff. "Despite the
somewhat prevalent assumption that it is too late to bring Nazi
murderers to justice, the figures clearly prove otherwise, and we are
trying to ensure that at least several of these criminals will to be
brought to trial."
Zuroff said he received a letter from the Hungarian prosecution
saying it opened an investigation against the said collaborator. (©
1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 04/19/12)
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