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On 70th Anniversary of Murder of Danish Anti-Nazi Newspaper Editor Henrik Clemmensen, Wiesenthal Center Urges German Judicial Authorities to Take Legal Action Against His Killer, Soeren Kam, Currently Residing in Kempten, Bavaria

On 70th Anniversary of Murder of Danish Anti-Nazi Newspaper Editor Henrik Clemmensen, Wiesenthal Center Urges German Judicial Authorities to Take Legal Action Against His Killer, Soeren Kam, Currently Residing in Kempten, Bavaria

August 30, 2013

Jerusalem-The Simon Wiesenthal Center has called upon the German judicial authorities to find a way to bring to justice Kempten, Bavaria resident Soeren Kam, (pictured in his SS uniform in 1945 and in 1978) who murdered Danish anti-Nazi editor Henrik Clemmensen in cold blood exactly seventy years ago today in Copenhagen. In a statement issued here today by its chief Nazi-hunter, Israel director Dr. Efraim Zuroff, the Center noted that despite repeated Danish requests for Kam's extradition to face charges in Copenhagen, the former SS-Obersturmfuehrer, who was honored by Hitler personally in March 1945, remains unpunished for his crimes in Kempten, protected by the Bavarian High Court decision which mischaracterized Clemmensen's killing as "manslaughter" rather than murder.

According to Zuroff:
"The fact that Kam, a totally unrepentant Nazi murderer, continues to enjoy the protection of the Bavarian legal system, is an absolute travesty of justice. The fact that such a person was granted German citizenship based on his service in the SS, which helped him avoid extradition to Denmark for decades, is clear evidence that something is wrong with the handling of this case. His continued residence in Kempten unpunished for his crimes, sends the worst possible message about the importance of holding Nazi war criminals accountable for their heinous deeds."

Zuroff also noted that a new book published this week by Danish journalist Erik Hogh-Sorenson, entitled The Clemmensen Murder and the Story of Soeren Kam [in Danish], reveals that Kam was assisted in his legal defence by the notorious German Nazi war criminal help network Stille Hilfe headed by SS-Reichfuhrer Heinrich Himmler's daughter Gudrun Burwitz, and that he is a regular participant in gatherings of veteran Nazis.

"It therefore should be abundantly clear," he added, "that it is high time that Mr. Kam, who is listed as number 6 on the Wiesenthal Center's Most Wanted List, should be sent to end his life in a Danish or German jail, and no longer enjoy the comforts of his Bavarian home."

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The Simon Wiesenthal Center is one of the largest international Jewish human rights organizations with over 400,000 member families in the United States. It is an NGO at international agencies including the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the OAS, the Council of Europe and the Latin American Parliament