Working off information provided them by the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Israel, two reporters for The Sun – Brian Flynn and Ryan Parry – managed to track down Ladislaus Csizsik-Csatary in a small apartment in Budapest. Csizsik-Csatary is listed as Number 1 on the group’s Most Wanted list of Nazi war criminals. “He played a key role in the deportation of over 15,000 Jews to Auschwitz in the spring of 1944 and of hundreds of Jews to Kamenetz-Podolsk in the Ukraine, where almost all were murdered, in the summer of 1941,” stated Nazi hunter Efraim Zuroff, director of the Wiesenthal Center’s Israel office.
Csizsik-Csatary served as a police commander in charge of the Jewish ghetto in Kassa, Hungary — which is now Kosice, Slovakia — during World War II. According to documentation supplied by the Wiesenthal Center, the Nazi forced Jews to “dig ditches in frozen ground with their bare hands, made dissenting Jews take up stress positions for hours, hit them with a dog lead and oversaw a shoot-on-sight policy if they tried to escape.”
Csizsik-Csatary escaped to Canada after the war and took on a new identity. He was sentenced to death for war crimes in absentia in Czechoslovakia in 1948. According to The Sun, Csizsik-Csatary ran away from Canada in 1997 when his cover was blown and Canadian authorities stripped him of his citizenship. Those authorities revealed that he had been a “commander” in the Royal Hungarian Police in Kassa in charge of officers who guarded the ghetto. “He supervised the drawing-up of lists of its inhabitants, conducted personal searches of Jews and confiscated valuables,” the Sun reported.
The Hungarian police transferred approximately 12,000 Jews from the ghetto in Kosice to a brickyard at the end of April 1944, and then deported them to Auschwitz and other Nazi concentration camps. Only about 450 of these Jews survived. “Last week I submitted new evidence to the prosecutor handling the case and we are pushing as hard as possible to get him on trial,” the Wiesenthal Center’s Efraim Zuroff said this week.
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