Wiesenthal Center Protests Refusal of German Court To Extradite Nazi Murderer Soeren Kam To Stand Trial In Denmark

Jerusalem – The Simon Wiesenthal Center today protested the decision of a Munich court to refuse a long-standing Danish request for the extradition of Danish Nazi collaborator Soeren Kam who is wanted in Denmark for the murder in Copenhagen 1943 of Carl Henrik Clemmensen, a Danish anti-Nazi newspaper editor.

In a statement issued today in Jerusalem, the Center’s chief Nazi-hunter, Israel Director Dr. Efraim Zuroff, called the decision “yet another case of misplaced German judicial sympathy for a despicable Nazi collaborator who faithfully served the Third Reich.”

The Center urged the Danish authorities to appeal the verdict and renew the efforts to bring Kam to justice in the country in which he committed his crimes.

According to Zuroff:

“As problematic as this decision is, it might have been understandable, if the Germans were willing to prosecute Kam in Germany for his crime, but the exact opposite has been the case. For years, the German judicial authorities have refused to press charges against him and have done everything in their power to help this murderer elude justice.

Under these circumstances, we must reiterate the important principles that dictate:

  1. The passage of time in no way diminishes the guilt of Nazi war criminals.
  2. The fact that a Nazi war criminal reaches an elderly age does not turn him or her into a Righteous Gentile.

We hope therefore that a way can be found to hold Soeren Kam accountable for his crimes.”

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