Posters asking for information about the remaining Nazi war criminals have gone up in three Germany cities.
The campaign is called ‘Operation Last Chance II’, and the motto is “Late but not too late”.
It is the brainchild of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, and a reward of 25,000 euros is being offered for information leading to the capture of war criminals who have so far escaped justice.
The Centre said it had been been given hope by the conviction in Munich of John Demjanjuk in 2011. He was found guilty of complicity in the murder of 28,000 Jews, not of a specific crime.
Efraim Zuroff, Director of the Jerusalem branch of the Simon Wiesenthal Center said: “This is incredibly important because it means that any person who served in the death camps – Demjanjuk served in Sobibor death camp – any person who served in the Einsatzgruppen, that is in a special mobile killing unit, can now be brought to justice in Germany and all that has to be proven is that they served there. They are automatically convicted of at least accessory to murder.”
There are estimated to be between 60 and 120 Nazi war criminals still at large, most, if not all, will now be over 90 years old.
The posters are on display in Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne for two weeks.