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article imageMost wanted 97-year-old Nazi war criminal arrested in Hungary

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By Anne Sewell     Jul 18, 2012 in World
Budapest - Ladislaus Csizsik-Csatary, 97, sent 15,700 Jews to Auschwitz in 1941, while employed as a police commander in a Slovakian Ghetto. Now he has finally been caught.
Apparently Csatary fled to Canada with a new identity after being sentenced to death for his war crimes. His identity was once again revealed, and he has been on the run for the last fifteen years.
Now Hungarian prosecutors have taken into custody the Nazi-era war crimes suspect Ladislaus Csizsik-Csatary, 97. The arrest comes a day after he was discovered in the country’s capital Budapest.
His neighbors said of Csatary that he was a "quiet, nice, old man." However, his name remains at the top the Simone Wiesenthal Center list of most wanted war crime suspects.
Once he was discovered, many Jewish students staged a protest outside Csatary's apartment block, demanding he be arrested.
Csatary was apparently at the head of a brutal regime in Kassa, Slovakia, where not only were 15,700 Jews sent to Auschwitz, but also 140 people were driven to suicide to escape his torture.
Peter Feldmajer, president of the Jewish community in Hungary, said of Csatary, "He was particularly sadistic. He created a camp for torturing the rich so they would confess where they have hidden the money."
Hungary's top holocaust historian, Laszio Karsai lost his grandmother in Auschwitz, and told reporters that Csatary was "very sadistic." He told ABC News: "There are two testimonies of German officers in Kosice who had to stop him from torturing Jewish women. He made women dig holes in the ground with their bare hands."
"But what do you do with a 97-year-old man who was very, very sadistic 68 years ago?" Karsai asked.
It turns out that Csatary was not actually in hiding in Budapest, and had been living under his real name in at least two properties for many years.
Now pressure is being applied to Hungarian prosecutors to take action against Csatary. However, prosecutors say that the investigation will be very complex, due to the fact that the crimes were committed so many years ago, and in another country.
A statement from the prosecutors said, "It took place 68 years ago in the region that is under the jurisdiction of another country - which also raises several investigative and legal problems."
It is only to be hoped that the victims of the Nazi war criminal will receive justice posthumously, for the horrors that they experienced.
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