The Simon Wiesenthal Center will be expanding its final effort to
capture the last remaining living war criminals who participated in the
Holocaust through the expansion of its Operation Last Chance to
Before the outbreak of World War II, some 16,000 Jews lived in
Serbia, of whom only 1,500 survived the war.
The operation, which
consists of posters offering substantial cash rewards to those who provide
information leading to the arrest and conviction of those who participated in
the European genocide, has led to arrests in Germany and is slated to begin in
Serbia in March. Serbian NGOs Serbian Code and the Jasenovac Committee of the
Orthodox Church have partnered with the SWC, the Jewish organization said in a
“Prime Minister [Ivica] Dacic also expressed support for the
forthcoming launch,” the SWC stated.
During a meeting with Dacic last
week, the SWC’s top Nazi hunter, Efraim Zuroff, called on the Serbian government
to “establish a memorial research and educational complex on the site of the
Staro Sajmiste concentration camp in Belgrade” where tens of thousands of Jews
were murdered during the war.
The camp was one of the locations in which
the Nazis used gas vans to murder civilians.
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