Austria's treatment of Nazi war criminals was "absolutely idiotic"

Austria and Germany are drifting further apart in the prosecution of living Nazi perpetrators, says Efraim Zuroff. According to him, Austria is unwilling to bring Nazi criminals to justice.

Christine Tragler
Christine Tragler Der Standard, Austria
Source: Der Standard
Austria's treatment of Nazi war criminals was
"absolutely idiotic" - NewsMavens
Nazi officers. Wikicommons

Why this story matters:

Decades after World War II, Nazi perpetrators are still being prosecuted in Germany, but Austria is lagging behind. 

The situation has been criticized by the head of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Jerusalem, Efraim Zuroff. The Simon Wiesenthal Center is engaged in a worldwide search for Nazi criminals and collaborators who disappeared at the end of the war. 

For decades, Austria has been failing to prosecute those who committed crimes against Jews during the Holocaust.

In Zuroff's opinion, Austria tried everything to prevent this prosecution from happening.

In his fascinating interview with Der Standard, the head of the Wiesenthal Center discusses the rise of antisemitism in Europe, the new Austrian government and Poland's Holocaust Law -- a must-read.

Details from the story:

  • Efraim Zuroff is a historian and director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Jerusalem.
  • He was born in Brooklyn in 1948, studied history, and received a doctorate in Holocaust Studies.
  • He went on to work on the investigation of war crimes for the U.S. Department of Justice.
  • He has been working for the Wiesenthal Center since 1978.
  • Through his initiatives to prosecute suspected Nazi criminals, he became known as "The Last Nazi Hunter."
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