Wiesenthal Center’s Chief Nazi-Hunter Calls Upon Hungarian Government to Expedite Prosecution of Local Nazi War Criminals in Budapest Ceremony

Budapest – The Simon Wiesenthal Center’s chief Nazi-hunter, Israel director Dr. Efraim Zuroff, today urged Hungarian leaders to make certain that local Nazi war criminals exposed by the Center’s “Operation: Last Chance” project would be brought to justice as quickly as possible.

Zuroff issued this call at the main Holocaust memorial in the Hungarian capital, where he appeared as a featured speaker alongside Hungarian Prime Minister Ference Gyurscany, Parliament Speaker Katalin Szili, Chief Rabbi Kardos and others, which was attended by thousands in the square beside the Dohany Street synagogue under the sponsorship of the Hungarian association of the “March of the Living.”

The criminals in question are gendarmerie officer Dr. Sandor Kepiro who is currently under investigation for his role in the mass murders carried out in Novi Sad in January 1942 and Karoly (Charles) Zentai wanted for murder in Budapest in 1944 and currently appealing his extradition to Hungary from Australia. Both were discovered in the framework of “Operation: Last Chance” and are on the Center’s April 2007 “Most Wanted List.”

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