Wiesenthal Center Submits to Hungarian Justice Ministry List of Potential Witnesses in Case of Suspected Nazi War Criminal Charles Zentai Discovered in Framework of “Operation: Last Chance”

Budapest-The Simon Wiesenthal Center’s chief Nazi-hunter Dr. Efraim Zuroff met here today with officials of the Hungarian Justice Ministry and submitted a list of potential witnesses in the case of Charles Zentai, currently residing in Australia, who was discovered recently in the framework of the “Operation: Last Chance” project jointly conducted with the Targum Shlishi Foundation of Miami Florida. Zentai is accused of the murder of at least one Jewish teenager, eighteen year old Peter Balazs, whom he caught without the yellow star and beat to death in his army barracks in Budapest in November 1944.

Zuroff met with Dr. Laszlo Lang, director of the Department for the Supervision of Investigations; Military Prosecutor Ferenc Nemesz; Dr.Eva Kis; and Dr. Katalin Veres and urged them to expedite the investigation in order to ensure that justice will be achieved. He also offered the Center’s assistance in examining the case and submitted a list of eleven potential witnesses.

Zuroff also noted that it is already clear from the available documentation and witness testimony, that Zentai was involved in additional crimes against Jews in Budapest in 1944 besides the murder of Peter Balazs.

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