Wiesenthal Center Annual Nazi War Criminal Report: Read Now

Annual Nazi War Criminal Report: Read Now

Wiesenthal Center 2016 Annual Report Praises Renewed Efforts by German Prosecutors

Jerusalem – In conjunction with Holocaust Memorial Day (Yom Hashoah) this week, the Simon Wiesenthal Center released the initial findings of its fifteenth Annual Status Report on the Worldwide Investigation and Prosecution of Nazi War Criminals, which covers the period from April 1, 2015 until March 31, 2016.

Highlights include:

The implementation (by local judicial authorities) of a legal strategy, paved the way for the conviction on charges of accessory to murder of practically any person who served either in a Nazi death camp or in the Einsatzgruppen (mobile killing units) in Germany.

The lack of political will to bring Nazi war criminals to justice and/or to punish them continues to be the major obstacle to achieving justice, particularly in post-Communist Eastern Europe. 

The campaign led by the Baltic countries to distort the history of the Holocaust and obtain official recognition that the crimes of the Communists are equal to those of the Nazis is another obstacle to the prosecution of those responsible.

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