John Demjanjuk 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Lukas Barth/Pool)
The Simon Wiesenthal Center opened a new front against the Nazis on
years after the end of World War II.
At a press
conference in Germany,
the global Jewish human rights organization known for pursuing Nazis,
“Operation Last Chance II” aimed at bringing men who served in Nazi
and the Einsatzgruppen (special mobile killing squads) to justice.
German police arrest suspect in neo-Nazi
center wants to use the conviction of Sobibor death camp guard Ivan
Demjanjuk this past May as a precedent to try “several dozen” similar
“The Demjanjuk conviction at
long last enables the prosecution of
individuals who were active participants in the mass murder of Jews on
practically a daily basis for extended periods of time, but for legal
could not be prosecuted for their crimes,” said Efraim Zuroff, the
Israel director. “This travesty of justice can now be corrected, but we
are in a race against time to find the individuals still alive and
The center is offering cash awards for information
leading to the conviction of Nazi criminals. Individuals are promised
5,000 euros upon indictment of a suspect, 5,000 euros upon the suspect’s
conviction and 100 euros a day for the first 150 days of the convicted
imprisonment. Those who help convict Nazis may receive up to 25,000
Zuroff said a high-ranking Nazi is in his sights but that he
cannot reveal his name because of an ongoing criminal
am not saying who because he’s a flight risk,” Zuroff said. “This person
commander and involved in very serious actions against Jews.”
to the unnamed suspect, Zuroff said Klaas Carel Farber, an SS hitman in
Netherlands alleged to have murdered 22 people, is the most senior Nazi
be alive today.
Zuroff categorically rejected the notion that perpetrators of crimes against Jews – who are now at least well into
their 80s –
die in peace.
“The answer is very simple,” Zuroff said. “Old age does not
exonerate murderers. All of the victims deserve efforts to find their
It sends an important message to Nazis living freely that they will be