Laszlo Csatary, the most-wanted Nazi war criminal, has been found living a comfortable life in Hungary, after being photographed by the British tabloid The Sun.
According to News.com.au, Csatary is near the top of a list of most-wanted Nazis, which was put together by Holocaust justice campaigners at Israel’s Simon Wisenthal Centre. The 97-year-old was the police chief of Kosice during World War II, a Hungarian-occupied Slovakian town.
Yahoo News reports that Efraim Zuroff, who works with the Centre, “last week submitted new evidence to the prosecutor in Budapest regarding crimes committed during World War II by its No 1 Most Wanted suspect Laszlo Csatary,” who has been accused of helping to murder 15,700 Jews. Zuroff stated of the new evidence that:
“This new evidence strengthens the already very strong case against Csatary and reinforces our insistence that he be held accountable for his crimes.”
According to the Centre, Laszlo Csatary played a “key role” in deporting about 300 Jews in 1941 from Kosice to Kamenetz-Podolsk, Ukraine, where they were almost all killed. The Wisenthal Centre, as well as many other groups, have urged Hungarian prosecutors to arrest Csatary and put him on trial, with the charges of helping to murder about 15,700 Jews.
In the Centre’s statement, they also stated:
“The passage of time in no way diminishes his guilt and old age should not afford protection for Holocaust perpetrators. Zuroff urged Hungarian authorities to expedite the ongoing investigation against Csatary, which was initiated in September 2011 following his submission of evidence regarding Csatary’s residence in Budapest and the former police officer’s role in the deportations of thousands of Jews from Kosice and its environs to the Auschwitz death camp in the spring of 1944.”
Roughly 40 protesters gathered outside the Budapest apartment building that reportedly houses one of the most-wanted Nazi war criminals, including members of the European Union of Jewish Students, reports the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Krisztian Szilberhar, a young lawyer who participated in the protest, stated that:
“We came here because we want the Hungarian organs of justice to start a process against this war criminal. He is responsible for the death of many innocent people.”
Szilberhar went on to say that, because Laszlo Csatary is 97-years-old, “it would be enough justice if they declared him guilty and he had to continue to live here.”
Do you think that Hungarian prosecutors need to arrest and charge Laszlo Csatary, or is it enough if they declare he is guilty, and make him stay where he is currently living?