For most of his life, Laszlo Csatary has been a man looking over his shoulder for the authorities. While he looks like a little old man, Csatary is actually the world’s most wanted Nazi war criminal, and for decades he has avoided justice until now. Hungarian authorities have arrested 97-year-old Nazi war criminal Laszlo Csatary in Budapest. Csatary has been a fugitive from justice for 64 years. This isn’t some swastika-tattooed thug or some Hitler-loving white trash, this is a legitimate war criminal with a penchant for disappearing.
“When you look at a person like this, you shouldn’t see an old frail person, but think of a man who at the height of his physical powers devoted all his energy to murdering or persecuting and murdering innocent men, women and children,” said Efraim Zuroff, the top Nazi hunter at the Simon Wiesenthal Center.
The Center had named Laszlo Csatary its most-wanted living Nazi war criminal in April of this year. Csatary escaped Czechoslovakia after being convicted of war crimes in absentia in 1948, ending up in Canada and becoming a Canadian citizen in 1955 while working as an art dealer in Montreal. In October 1997, he fled Canada for Europe again to avoid a deportation hearing. Since then, he’s been hiding; he was arrested in Budapest, Hungary, not terribly far from the brick factory in Kosice (now in Slovakia) where he sent 12,000 Jews to death in Auschwitz and other death camps.
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