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Campaign launched in Germany to rout out surviving Nazis

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Campaign launched in Germany to rout out surviving Nazis


Posters have been put up in several German cities as part of a public awareness campaign aimed at tracking down the last surviving Nazi war criminals.

“Operation Last Chance II” is being pushed by the Simon Wiesenthal Centre which is offering rewards for information on around 60 people it says are still fit to stand trial.

Efraim Zuroff, who is the Director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center office in Jerusalem, explained the use of posters:

“This is what I think is one of the best ways to get information from the public in order to try and find people who were involved almost on a daily basis over lengthy periods in mass murder. And in the wake of the Demjanjuk conviction people can now be brought to justice because they can be convicted solely for their service in the death camps, Vernichtungslager, and in Einsatzgruppen.”

Ukrainian-born John Demjanjuk was convicted as late as 2011 for complicity in some 30,000 Jewish deaths in German-occupied Poland in World War II. He is now used as an example by the centre for people not to be complacent over catching remaining war criminals.

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