Third Most-Wanted Nazi Suspect Charged

Germany arrests 88-year-old former guard
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 28, 2010 5:02 PM CDT
This photo made available by Yad Vashem Photo Archive in Jerusalem shows Nazi guards at Belzec death camp in occupied Poland in 1942.   ((AP Photo/Yad Vashem Photo Archive))

(Newser) – The world's third most-wanted Nazi suspect, who lived undisturbed for decades after World War II, has been charged in Germany with participating in the murder of 430,000 Jews while serving as a low-ranking guard at a death camp. Samuel Kunz, 88, was named the No. 3 suspect in April by the Simon Wiesenthal Center. He ranked fairly low in the Nazi hierarchy, but he was among the most-wanted suspects because of the large number of Jews he is accused of helping to kill.

Kunz allegedly served as a guard at the Belzec camp in occupied Poland from January 1942 to July 1943. In addition to those charges, he is accused of fatally shooting 10 Jews in two other incidents related to unspecified "personal excesses." Prosecutors allege both Kunz and the Ukrainian-born John Demjanjuk, who was deported to Germany from the US last year, trained as guards at Trawniki. For more about Demjanjuk, click here.

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