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To Catch Nazis, Prosecutors Go 'Back in Time'

Virtual reality model shows Auschwitz circa 1940s

(Newser) - As World War II waned, Nazis were ordered to destroy evidence of the Final Solution at Auschwitz so that only a portion of the original camp remains today. That makes corroborating testimony of suspected war criminals difficult—but not impossible, thanks to virtual reality. Using original construction plans, period photographs,... More »

Auschwitz Guard, 94, to Stand Trial on 170K Counts

Reinhold Hanning's lawyer argues he worked in less-deadly section

(Newser) - A 94-year-old former SS guard at the Auschwitz death camp is going on trial this week on 170,000 counts of accessory to murder, the first of up to four cases being brought to court this year in an 11th-hour push by German prosecutors to punish Nazi war crimes. Reinhold... More »

Death Camp Guard Living in Queens Last US Nazi Case

No country will take Jakiw Palij

(Newser) - During some three decades with Justice Department, Eli Rosenbaum has earned a well-deserved reputation as a Nazi hunter. He has worked on 137 cases involving suspected Nazis, and in all but 30 of them, the accused lost citizenship or was deported. Now, CNN reports, just a single active case remains.... More »

Auschwitz Medic, 95, Will Stand Trial

Hubert Zafke was there when train carrying Anne Frank arrived

(Newser) - A 95-year-old German man accused of serving as a medical orderly in a place where more than a million people were murdered will go on trial next month, a court has announced. According to an indictment, former SS sergeant Hubert Zafke was a paramedic at the Auschwitz extermination camp from... More »

Latest Charged as a Nazi: 91-Year-Old Woman

She's charged with accessory to murder

(Newser) - German prosecutors say they've charged a 91-year-old woman with 260,000 counts of accessory to murder on allegations she was a member of the Nazi SS who served in the Auschwitz death camp complex. Schleswig-Holstein prosecutors' spokesman Heinz Doellel said today the woman, whose name wasn't disclosed due... More »

2 Most-Wanted Nazis Won't Face Trial

Alleged war criminal-turned-beekeeper dies in Canada

(Newser) - There were two men at the top of this year's Simon Wiesenthal Center most-wanted Nazi war criminal list —and there is now no chance either one will face a court. No. 2 on the list, Ukrainian-born Vladimir Katriuk, has died in Quebec at the age of 93, the... More »

World's 'Worst' Nazi Is Dead

Alois Brunner, Eichmann's 'best man,' revealed to have died 4 years ago

(Newser) - The world's most-wanted Nazi is dead, and he died without regrets about his role in the murder of thousands of Jews. That's according to Nazi hunter Efraim Zuroff, who says a German secret service agent recently revealed that Alois Brunner, Adolf Eichmann's "best man," died... More »

US Paid Suspected Nazis Millions in Social Security

Benefits continue after they voluntarily leave US

(Newser) - As an incentive to get them off American soil, Nazi war criminals and suspects were in many cases allowed to keep their Social Security benefits. That left dozens of them—at least 38 of 66 suspects since 1979—to receive millions in US taxpayer dollars over the years, the AP... More »

Accused Nazi About to Be Extradited Dies in US

Philadelphia's Johann Breyer, 89, was a guard at Auschwitz

(Newser) - An 89-year-old Philly man suspected of Nazi war crimes died last night in a local hospital, the AP reports—the same day a judge issued an order to have him extradited to Germany. Former toolmaker Johann Breyer had been arrested in June, and German prosecutors wanted to try him for... More »

Ex-Nazi, 88, in Young Offender Court Over WWII Massacre

Was 19 when 642 slain at Oradour-sur-Glane

(Newser) - Werner C. is 88 years old, but his fate now rests with the young offenders chamber of the Cologne court. That's because the man was just 19 during the 1944 massacre at Oradour-sur-Glane in France, in which 642 people were killed, Reuters reports. Men were herded into barns and... More »

Minneapolis Man Ordered Nazi-led Massacre: Soldier

German prosecutor recommends murder charges against Michael Karkoc

(Newser) - New evidence suggests that Michael Karkoc, the former Nazi SS commander found living in Minnesota , may have actually ordered the 1944 attack on Chlaniow , in which 44 Polish villagers, including women and children, were killed. Initially, Karkoc was simply said to have been near the scenes of that and other... More »

Nazi Criminal to Be Buried in 'Secret' Location

But Priebke supporters can pay homage, lawyer says

(Newser) - After an attempt to hold a funeral for a Nazi war criminal sparked clashes, a secret burial place has been found for Erich Priebke, his lawyer says—though he seems to have a strange definition of "secret." The lawyer says Priebke will be buried in Italy or Germany,... More »

Clashes Halt Nazi War Criminal's Funeral

Catholic extremists offer to hold service for Priebke

(Newser) - The corpse of a Nazi war criminal is far from resting in peace in Italy: A hearse containing the body of Erich Priebke, who died last week while under house arrest for his role in the 1944 massacre of 335 Italian civilians, was attacked by protesters yesterday as it approached... More »

'Most-Wanted Nazi' Dies Awaiting Trial—at 98

Hungarian Laszlo Csatary reportedly sent 16K Jews to death camps

(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,... More »

Why 4 Suspected Nazi War Criminals Still Live in US

Legal limbo after no other country will take them

(Newser) - Thirty-four years ago, the Justice Department started hunting suspected Nazi war criminals living in the US. The department found 137 of them, but less than half actually left the country, whether voluntarily or via deportation. Another 20 died while their cases were still pending, while at least 20 others never... More »

98-Year-Old Charged With Nazi War Crimes

Laszlo Csatary's trial to begin within 3 months

(Newser) - Laszlo Csatary has made it almost to the century mark, but even that wasn't long enough to escape the Nazi hunters. The 98-year-old, who was arrested last year in Hungary after being named the Simon Wiesenthal Center's most wanted, was charged today with war crimes for his role... More »

Nazi Commander Found Living in Minnesota

AP tracks down SS veteran Michael Karkoc, whose unit massacred civilians

(Newser) - The AP has uncovered evidence that the commander of a Nazi SS unit has been living for decades in Minnesota, having lied about his wartime experience to immigration officials. Michael Karkoc, 94, led a unit accused of burning Ukrainian villages and slaughtering the civilians within, including women and children. And... More »

93-Year-Old Arrested Over Auschwitz Ties

Hans Lipschis admits to being a cook at camp, says he committed no war crimes

(Newser) - A 93-year-old man who was deported from the US in 1983 for lying about his Nazi past was arrested by German authorities today on allegations he served as an Auschwitz death camp guard. Hans Lipschis was taken into custody after authorities concluded there was "compelling evidence" he was involved... More »

Inside the Last-Ditch Effort to Go After Auschwitz Guards

John Demjanjuk case lowered threshold for convictions

(Newser) - Sixty-eight years after the end of World War II, Germany's Central Office for the Investigation of Nazi Crimes has made a last attempt at justice: a list. On it are the names of 50 former Auschwitz guards still known to be alive, compiled via state databases, Holocaust documents, and... More »

Hungary Arrests Alleged Nazi, 97

Laszlo Csatary doesn't dispute actions, says he was only following orders

(Newser) - Hungarian authorities have charged a 97-year-old man with war crimes, after a Jewish rights group fingered him as a former Nazi , accusing him of abusing and deporting thousands of Jews during the Holocaust. Prosecutors had Laszlo Csatary, aka Ladislaus Csizsik-Csatary detained this morning, because they believed he was about to... More »

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