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If you do, please try to convince them to be in touch with the Simon Wiesenthal Center, which is seeking Holocaust survivors who were present at the killing fields of Babi Yar in Ukraine during World War II and would be willing to testify at the trial of recently-located perpetrators.

The Center is also seeking people who survived the Stuthof concentration camp in Poland, and the Zhytomhyr or Kamianets-Podilsky death camps.

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The Simon Wiesenthal Center has located the names of 80 people who were at Babi Yar and who are likely to still be alive today; two of those who were involved were in fact tracked down by the German government two months ago, according to a report published by Ynet.

Center director and Nazi hunter Dr. Efraim Zuroff was the one who contacted the German government to help track down the two perpetrators. Together they managed to track down the two Nazis who participated in the Babi Yar massacres that left 50,000 dead beginning in September 1941.

Two guards who served in the Stuthof concentration camp, where gas chambers were active near the end of 1943, were indicted two weeks ago for their part in the activities there. The Center has located around 20 people who were interned at the camp during that period.

In addition, the Center is seeking survivors from Zhytomyr and Kamianets-Podilskyi in Ukraine. Hungarian Jews who were not citizens were deported to the two camps in the summer of 1941 and murdered there.

The conviction of John Demjanjuk, dubbed by prisoners in Treblinka as “Ivan the Terrible,” made it much easier to indict and prosecute guards and others who served in the camps, based on the premise that the death camps existed to murder the innocent. Subsequently anyone stationed at a camp was liable to prosecution as an accessory to murder based on service. The change in policy led to widespread searches for anyone who served in the death camps or murder squads.

“We are in a race against time,” Zuroff said. “Every day that passes without these people standing trial brings them closer to evading a trial and justice.”

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.
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