Third Most-Wanted Nazi Dies a Free Man

Justice seekers frustrated after Samuel Kunz dies before trial
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 23, 2010 4:54 AM CST
Polish soldiers holding eternal flames stand in front of a wall at the inauguration of a new memorial for the victims of the Belzec death camp, where Kunz was a guard.   (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski, file)
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(Newser) – German prosecutors have evidence linking Samuel Kunz to the murder of 430,000 Jews at a death camp in Poland. What they don't have anymore is a living suspect. Kunz has died peacefully at his home in Germany, where he was due to stand trial next year, the Independent reports. He was charged with assisting in the murders of hundreds of thousands of people as a low-ranking death camp guard, and with personally shooting 10 people.

Kunz was named the No. 3 suspect wanted for war crimes by the Simon Wiesenthal Center earlier this year. "This is incredibly frustrating and I would urge the German authorities to expedite the remaining cases so that justice can be achieved," said the center's chief Nazi hunter. But "at least he was exposed and charged, and that is a measure of justice. His family knows. His neighbors know. The whole world knows who he was and what he did."

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