Category Archive: Nazi Hunters

World War II death camp guard John Demjanjuk sues news outlets over being called a ‘Nazi henchman’

BERLIN — John Demjanjuk, who was convicted last year of serving as a Nazi death camp guard, is asking for German state financial help to sue the country’s biggest-selling newspaper for alleged defamation, a court said Thursday. Duesseldorf state court spokesman Ulrich Egger told The Associated Press that Demjanjuk is complaining Bild newspaper’s website labeled him a “war criminal” and a “Nazi henchman” before he was convicted last May of 28,060 counts of accessory to murder.
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Czech Supreme Court: Nazi salute not illegal when everyone does it

A man who gave the Nazi salute at a costume party organized by the ultra-right National Resistance has been acquitted. The Czech Supreme Court has rejected an appeal filed by Supreme State Prosecutor Pavel Zeman, who has now failed to have first and second-instance acquittals handed down by courts in Prague overturned. The courts have ruled that the giving of the Nazi salute in this case was not an example of the public commission of this crime because it was committed at a closed event where everyone else present was also engaging in the same behavior.

Israel to show secret items from Eichmann capture

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel says it’s bringing artifacts from its 1960 capture of Nazi criminal Adolf Eichmann out of the shadows. Israel’s Mossad spy agency is putting original items from Eichmann’s capture on display at parliament this month. The exhibit will open Dec. 12 in Jerusalem.
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Mossad to display secret memorabilia from former Nazi’s capture

JERUSALEM — Half a century after the dramatic trial and execution of the Nazi architect of the Holocaust, Adolph Eichmann, Israel’s Mossad spy agency is mounting a display of the until-now secret paraphernalia used in his capture.
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Elusive Justice: The Search for Nazi War Criminals

Candice Bergen narrates a new documentary providing a definitive account of efforts to locate, prosecute and punish fugitive Nazis around the world

How Stalin wanted to imprison and torture Nazis in secret after the end of WWII in revenge for Germany’s betrayal of Russia

A new book has been released in Germany that details how Soviet secret agents kidnapped Nazi diplomats after the war so that they could imprison, torture and secretly try them in Moscow.

Poland reopens investigations into Nazi-era crimes

WARSAW – Poland has reopened investigations into crimes committed at the Nazi death camp of Auschwitz during World War Two, in an effort to track down any surviving camp employees before they die. Up to 1.5 million people, mostly Jews, perished at Nazi German hands at Auschwitz, near the city of Krakow in southern Poland, during the war that ended in 1945. In the postwar communist era, Warsaw launched probes into crimes committed at Auschwitz, but closed them in the 1980s because questioning witnesses and perpetrators based abroad was too hard at a time when Poland was part of the Soviet bloc.

Hundreds of Nazi probes reopened

BERLIN — Nearly seven decades after the end of World War II, German authorities have reopened hundreds of dormant investigations of Nazi death camp guards in an eleventh hour attempt that could result in at least dozens of new prosecutions, The Associated Press has learned.
Special Nazi war-crimes investigators reopened the files after the conviction of former U.S. autoworker John Demjanjuk, whose case set a new legal precedent in Germany, said Kurt Schrimm, the prosecutor who heads the unit.
Given the advanced age of all of the suspects, investigators are not waiting until the Demjanjuk appeals process is over, he said.
“We don’t want to wait too long, so we’ve already begun our investigations,” Schrimm said.

Elan Steinberg, vice president of the American Gathering of Holocaust Survivors and their Descendants, welcomed the news that the files were being re-examined and urged prosecutors to act quickly.
“As our numbers — those of the victims — have also rapidly dwindled, this represents the final opportunity to witness justice carried out in our lifetimes,” he said. “Time is the enemy here.”