Buenos Aires – The Simon Wiesenthal Center plans to launch what will most probably be the final phase of its “Operation: Last Chance” project this week in four South American countries.
The project, which was started in Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia in July 2002, offers financial rewards for information which facilitates the prosecution and punishment of Nazi war criminals, and has already yielded the names of 488 suspects from twenty different countries, 99 of which have been submitted to local prosecutors. This information has resulted in three arrest warrants, two extradition requests and dozens of ongoing investigations.
The project will be launched at press conferences in the following cities on the following dates by the Center’s chief Nazi-hunter Israel director Dr. Efraim Zuroff and its Latin American director Sergio Widder:
Tuesday, November 27: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Friday, November 30: Santiago, Chile
Tuesday, December 4: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Friday, December 7: Montevideo, Uruguay
“Given the large number of Nazi war criminals and collaborators who escaped to South America, the launching of “Operation: Last Chance” in these countries has the potential to yield important results,” said Zuroff.