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Wiesenthal Center Submits New Evidence of Crimes by Most Wanted Suspect Laszlo Csatary and Urges Hungarian Prosecutors to Put the Former Senior Police Officer on Trial in Budapest

Wiesenthal Center gives Hungarian officials information on Holocaust-era war crimes suspect By Associated Press, Published: July 15

July 15, 2012


Jerusalem – The Simon Wiesenthal Center announced today that its chief Nazi-hunter, Israel director Dr. Efraim Zuroff, last week submitted new evidence to the prosecutor in Budapest regarding crimes committed during World War II by its No. 1 Most Wanted suspect Laszlo Csatary, who served as a senior Hungarian police officer in the Slovakian city of Kosice, then under Hungarian rule. In a statement issued here today, the Center noted that the evidence submitted by Zuroff to Prosecutor Dr. Gabor Hetenyi related to Csatary’s key role in the deportation of approximately 300 Jews from Kosice to Kamenetz-Podolsk, Ukraine, where almost all were murdered in the summer of 1941.

At their meeting Zuroff urged the Hungarian authorities to expedite the ongoing investigation against Csatary, which was initiated in September 2011 following his submission of evidence regarding Csatary’s residence in Budapest and the former police officer’s role in the deportations of thousands of Jews from Kosice and its environs to the Auschwitz death camp in the spring of 1944.

According to Zuroff, “This new evidence strengthens the already very strong case against Csatary and reinforces our insistence that he be held accountable for his crimes. The passage of time in no way diminishes his guilt and old age should not afford protection for Holocaust perpetrators.”

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