'Most-Wanted Nazi' Dies Awaiting Trial—at 98
Hungarian Laszlo Csatary reportedly sent 16K Jews to death camps
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Aug 12, 2013 6:12 AM CDT
Alleged Hungarian war criminal Laszlo Csatary, left, is flanked by his lawyer Gabor Horvath as he leaves the Budapest Prosecutor's Office Wednesday, July 18, 2012.   (AP Photo/MTI, Bea Kallos)

(Newser) – A onetime most-wanted Nazi war crimes suspect, Laszlo Csatary, has died at age 98, the BBC reports. The Hungarian was awaiting trial when he died in a hospital in his home country. "He had been treated for medical issues for some time but contracted pneumonia, from which he died," says his lawyer. Csatary is accused of sending 15,700 Jews to death camps, but he said he wasn't directly involved in war crimes; rather, he claimed he served as a go-between for Hungary and Germany.

Hungarian prosecutors said in June that Csatary ran an internment camp in what is now Slovakia. He beat prisoners and "deliberately provided help to the unlawful executions and torture committed against Jews," prosecutors said. In 1948, he received a death sentence in Czechoslovakia. Following World War II, he became an art dealer in Canada. His Canadian citizenship was revoked and he disappeared in 1997; the British Sun newspaper found him in Hungary last year. "It is a shame that Csatary, a totally unrepentant Holocaust perpetrator who was finally indicted in his homeland for his crimes, ultimately eluded justice and punishment at the very last minute,'' says the head of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

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HMD-SMD-ITY
Aug 12, 2013 10:46 PM CDT
Werner Von Braun was not exactly a boy scout in WWII. He ran V bomb factories in Germany and France. Nobody knows how many concentrate victims died in his testing, development, fabrication, and launching of the rockets on Europe. He could make a phone call (much like Tyson did in the late 90's with illegals for his chicken factories), and hundreds of people were loaded on cattle cars and shipped to the V factories for forced labor. Very few went back alive.
Witzelsucht
Aug 12, 2013 5:22 PM CDT
To clmsman: American Jewish banker Jacob Schiff financed Japan’s war against Russia in the east to distract the Czar’s forces fighting the Bolsheviks in the west. Moreover, since Jews controlled about 70 percent of European banking, the Czar could not finance his White Army and lost the war. The Jewish Yakov Yurovsky subsequently murdered the entire Romanov family (an ending made the more sad as this family had kindly allowed Jews, fleeing persecution in central Europe, to settle in Russia 200 years earlier). These and many other Jewish-led events prior to WWII lent much apprehension to non-Jewish Europe. At any rate, responding to your comment, the Japanese had become friends of the Jews and so received minimal punishment because Jewish American lawyer Ben Blakeney litigated for the Japanese at the end of that War. Admirable Jewish self-promotion and ethnocentrism continue in subtle ways today; for example, “200 Years Together," the last book by Solzhenitsyn, the 20th Century’s greatest writer, cannot find a publisher in English since nearly all American media is connected to Israel.
sickdaddy
Aug 12, 2013 11:50 AM CDT
I think they should put him in a memorial similar to the Lincoln memorial.