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February 4, 2003

SWC PRAISES DECISION BY POLAND TO INVESTIGATE CHARGES AGAINST DEMJANJUK AND THREE ADDITIONAL NAZI WAR CRIMINALS

The Simon Wiesenthal Center today praised the decision of the Polish Institute of National Remembrance (INR) to launch a full-scale investigation into the World War II activities of Ivan Demjanjuk and three other Nazi war criminals. In a statement issued in Jerusalem, the Center noted that in June of last year, its chief Nazi-hunter Dr. Efraim Zuroff met in Warsaw with INR president Prof. Leon Kieres and urged him to investigate the cases of Ivan Demjanjuk and Bogdan Koziy with a view toward seeking their extradition for trial in Poland. With yesterdays decision, both cases are indeed the subject of INR investigations, which the Wiesenthal Center hopes will lead to the extradition of Demjanjuk (from the United States) and Koziy (from Costa Rica) for trial in Poland.

According to Zuroff:

The decision by the INR should pave the way for the prosecution and punishment of these Holocaust perpetrators who bear the responsibility for the murders of many innocent men, women and children. We applaud the step taken by the INR and urge that the necessary resources be allocated to facilitate these investigations, so that justice can be achieved while it is still possible. The fact that these killers have hereto escaped prosecution for at least some of their crimes in no way diminishes the necessity of bringing them to justice.

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