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Awareness Campaign Sparks Probes of Alleged Nazi War Criminals

By: JTA

At least four investigations of possible Nazi-era war criminals have been turned over to German investigators in recent months after being identified as a result of an awareness campaign by the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

“Operation Last Chance II,” launched in 2011 and expanded Monday with a new poster campaign, has yielded hundreds of calls and emails from around the world, said Efraim Zuroff, the organization’s chief Nazi hunter.

Zuroff, based in Jerusalem, told JTA that 110 names of suspects — 81 in Germany — had been culled from nearly 300 tips. At least one tip related to a possible kapo, or camp prisoner forced to work as a guard, is under investigation in Israel.

“We are in the process of trying to find out if it is true,” Zuroff said.

Of the four active cases, two involve alleged concentration camp guards, including a male guard at Dachau and a female guard at Auschwitz; one relates to the 1944 massacre of civilians in Oradur-sur-Glane in France; and the fourth involves a man who allegedly possesses a huge collection of Nazi-era memorabilia and modern weaponry. It is not clear whether the suspect is himself a war criminal, Zuroff said.

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3 Responses to “Awareness Campaign Sparks Probes of Alleged Nazi War Criminals”

  1. Aryeh Sax says:

    These people need to be tried in court even if they are in their 90's or even after their death if concrete evidence exist. Their families and the world need to know what grandpa and grandma did during the war. This is the only way to prevent a re-occurrence.

  2. Yechiel Baum says:

    You mean the Germans did not know after having their famous updated technical computers and internal spy police that they require the Wiesenthal people to remind them of their criminals living openly and waiting for their Nazi return which is growing daily and who taught them? Guess?

  3. Paul Franklin says:

    Nazi’s no matter the age or circumstances should stand trial for their crimes!!!!! LONG LIVE ISRAEL YAHWEH BE PRAISED !!!!

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