'No 1 Nazi suspect' confirmed in Hungary

2012-07-16 12:00

Jerusalem - The Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Centre confirmed on Sunday that Laszlo Csatary, accused of complicity in the killings of 15 700 Jews, had been tracked down to the Hungarian capital.

"I confirm that Laszlo Csatary has been identified and found in Budapest," the centre's director Efraim Zuroff said.

Ten months ago an informer had provided information that allowed them to locate Csatary, aged 97, in Budapest, Zuroff said by phone. They had paid the informer the $25 000 promised for such information, he added.

In September last year, they had passed on their information to the prosecutor's office in Budapest.

A statement released on Sunday by the centre said Zuroff had "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".

The centre said the evidence "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".


Budapest's assistant prosecutor general, Jeno Varga, said: "An investigation is under way. The prosecutor's office will study the information received."

But Zuroff said in the Centre's statement: "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."

Zuroff said the British tabloid daily The Sun had photographed and filmed Csatary, having acted on the information that the Wiesenthal Centre had released last September.

The online edition of the newspapers announced on Sunday it had found and identified Csatary.

When its reporters confronted him on his doorstep, he had denied any crimes and slammed the door in their faces, the paper reported.


This was the fourth time that The Sun had co-operated with the Centre to put pressure on officials who were dragging their feet to bring Nazi fugitives to justice, said Zuroff.

The Wiesenthal Centre has urged Hungarian prosecutors to put Csatary on trial.

They say he served during World War II as a senior Hungarian police officer in the Slovakian city of Kosice, then under Hungarian rule.

He was complicit in the deportations of thousands of Jews from Kosice and its environs to the Auschwitz death camp in the spring of 1944.

Csatary had treated the Jews in the ghetto with cruelty, whipping women and forcing them to dig holes with their bare hands, he added.

In 1943, a Czech court condemned him to death after a trial held in his absence. He had fled to Canada and had worked as an art dealer using a false identity, before being unmasked in 1995 and forced to flee.

  • charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-07-16 12:17

    Eventually, all sin catches up with you. Great story. Justice will finally be done. Although he's lived to a ripe old age, unlike his helpless victims...

  • fraser.gilchrist - 2012-07-16 12:26

    I did nazi this coming

      ianon.ym - 2012-07-16 12:35

      Nice word play ...

      alan.gernet - 2012-07-16 12:51

      and now -- the PUNishment..

  • zaatheist - 2012-07-16 12:31

    Drag him in to court and put him on trial. Even, like Muberak, he is bedridden. Give him no opportunity enjoy his last days.

      zaatheist - 2012-07-16 13:17

      gerhard.kress.3 Algemeine or Waffen?

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-07-16 17:10

      At 93 he will not understand the proceedings.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-07-16 17:19

      He is 97!!!

      zaatheist - 2012-07-16 17:48

      gerhard.kress.3 Why did you delete your post claiming you had family and friends who were SS members and would I invite them to dinner?

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-07-16 12:55

    OMG - why waste money and time on court? if people want revenge so badly, just let off a cracker next to the old fart, he will probably have heart failure.

  • vimal.tuckooriah - 2012-07-16 13:35

    he is old and should be forgiven for his mistake.

      merven.halo - 2012-07-16 13:45

      @JManAtheoi, Mandela is forgiven for organizing bombs in shopping centers and churches targeting women and children, so where is your logic?

      Rodney - 2012-07-16 13:50

      Forgiving him does not exempt him from punishment for what he did .

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-07-16 13:50

      Only God can forgive, we have laws on planet earth, and this murdering madman must face them.

      hosia.modiga - 2012-07-16 15:00

      Are you serious friend????

  • eric.martinsich - 2012-07-16 13:48

    well the nazi hunters are going to be out of a job many nazis could still be left.

  • mirrorman.smith - 2012-07-16 13:55

    This is just a witch-hunt. Why try track a 97 year-old down? What will putting him on trial/in jail achieve? I know he is guilty of a terrible massacre, but why bother at 97? Is it justice, or revenge?

      zaatheist - 2012-07-16 14:20

      Revenge can be oh so sweet.

      jaba.kov - 2012-07-16 15:33

      For Closure! The Jews have forgiven their murderers - but they will never forget. A crime like the murder of so many thousands of people by this one man alone can not go unpunished... sadly he lived in hiding for so long - luckely he will burn in hell for the rest of eternity – just like the Butcher of Damascus (Assad) who killed the same amount of people in 2012!! So sad planet earth has not learned from their mistakes

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-07-16 17:12

      You want to know about murder and genocide by the jews? Read the Bible!

  • hosia.modiga - 2012-07-16 14:58

    pitty he is already 97.Have seen lot of documentaries around Nazi and Holocaust never in human history that innocent people have been killed murderd in such a way!!!

      nico.brits.581 - 2012-07-17 00:07

      Unfortunately they don't make documentaries about the Communist concentration camps. They make the German ones look like a picnic.

      diana.gill.18 - 2012-07-17 00:25

      @NicBtits both nazis and commies have learned a lot form brits... oops sorry i mean noble englishmen.

  • marysia.vieira - 2012-07-16 16:19

    If this be the case, why not let the Jews be accountable for the senseless killing of the elderly, women and children in Gaza. Is this not the same?

      jaba.kov - 2012-07-16 17:02

      nope not the same... Every human being of sound mind should know this by now. In any event, Israel is not the Satan that the Ayatollah of Rock'n rollah declared. With the way the Arabs behave one wonders if perhaps they are the ones who are worthy of that title. On the topic though, I have come to realise that the Israelis are demonised, many many times without justification. Clearly the Arabs have never wanted Israel to exist and have tried many times, unsuccessfully, to drive them into the sea (to kill all the Jews of the Middle East). Now the Israelis are pretty straight forward people. You threaten them, they sort you out. Nothing wrong with defending your state and it citizens. Especially against unsavoury terrorist who target Israeli women & children. Israel has always wanted and voted for peace. Palestinians attacks, deaths and their use of human shields (Children) is a war crime done by Hamas! If the Palestinians stop terror and vote to live in peace with Israel, then all your pathetic propaganda will disappear into history.

  • magomarele - 2012-07-16 16:57

    The perpetrators of holocaust and apartheid atrocities should be held accountable of their actions, no matter their age or status in society. Their despicable and evil deeds do not warrant any mercy or sympathy. The permanent scars they caused to innocent victims are far too profound, ugly and repulsive to be ignored. They can't just be allowed to get away with slap in the wrist. Treatment that Csetary meted out to innocent Jewish people was despicable and unfathomable to be dished out to another fellow human beings. He must be executed in the most cruel way like he enjoyed doing it to his victims.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-07-16 17:02

      Are you insane?

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-07-16 17:29

      Read the Bible about murder and genocide committed by the jews. And they are still at it.

      zaatheist - 2012-07-16 17:49

      gerhard.kress.3 Why did you delete your post about your ex-SS friends? Are you a neo-Nazi?

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-07-16 18:45

      I did not delete anything. I am not a neo nazi. I just see history differently. My father and grandfather still come for sunday dinner to my place.

  • daniel.w.gie - 2012-07-16 17:42

    Hang him ......

  • brandon.mccutcheon.56 - 2012-07-17 05:17

    Good news. However, they had established a task team to track down a man responsible for killing 15700 jews. What about Mugabe who slaughtered 20000 of his own post independance citizens (Matebeles) in the 80's? Just saying...

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