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July 17, 2012 9:40 am

Hungary Asked to Take Action Over Nazi War Criminal Found in Budapest

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Laszlo Csizsik-Csatary. Photo: screenshot via ABC News.

Following the recent discovery in Budapest of Laszlo Csizsik-Csatary – a Nazi war criminal accused of helping murder over 15,000 Jews during the Holocaust – Hungary is being asked to ensure that Csatary be held accountable for his actions.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center has provided new evidence to Hungarian authorities that Csatary, who is now 97, assisted in the deportation of hundreds of Jews from the city of Kosice, Hungary to Ukraine, while serving as a police officer in the city of Kosice.  In 1941, the nearly 300 Jews sent out of Hungary by Csatary to Ukraine were killed.

“This new evidence strengthens the already very strong case against Csatary and reinforces our insistence that he be held accountable for his crimes,” said Efraim Zuroff of the Wiesenthal Center. “The passage of time in no way diminishes his guilt and old age should not afford protection for Holocaust perpetrators.”

The Sun newspaper of Great Britain located Csatary in Budapest. He told a reporter “I don’t want to discuss it.”

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He then said, “No I didn’t do it, go away from here,” and closed the door.

Csatary’s “age (and) health can deteriorate from one day to another. We must act quickly,” Zuroff told The Telegraph. “The passage of time does not diminish his guilt and old age should not provide protection for the perpetrators of the Holocaust .”

Last year Zuroff submitted evidence to Hungarian officials that implicated Csatary in the deportation of thousands of European Jews to Auschwitz, in early 1944.

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