At long last, most wanted Nazi is caught / Laszlo Csatary, 97, is arrested in Budapest for World War II atrocities (NEW YORK DAILY NEWS EDITORIAL) 07/19/12)
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For almost seven decades, since the end of World War II, Laszlo
Csatary outran justice. He grew old, and at age 97 he has little time
left — far too little to balance against his crimes.
Until Wednesday, Csatary was the world’s most wanted Nazi, both
because of the enormity of his evil and because soon enough there
would be no holding him to any account. That day, Hungarian
authorities arrested Csatary on a charge of the “unlawful torture of
In 1944, according to prosecutors, Csatary became the chief of an
internment camp that dispatched 12,000 Jews to Auschwitz and other
death camps. He used a dog whip indiscriminately on the prisoners.
Once, with 80 Jews packed into a rail car and begging for air, he
refused to cut ventilation holes in the walls.
Through the years, investigators from the Simon Wiesenthal Center
hunted for Csatary, finally locating him in Budapest as he closed in
on his own death. Csatary is said to have admitted his actions while
expressing no love for Jews and asserting, of course, that he was
only following orders.
He faces a life sentence and will trudge to death in, perhaps, a year
or two or three, the term of a misdemeanant. That’s the best mankind
can do. But then, even eternity will not suffice. (© Copyright 2011
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