Wiesenthal Center: Decision to Allow Extradition of Zentai a Giant Step Forward for Justice for Holocaust Victim Peter Balazs

Jerusalem – The Simon Wiesenthal Center welcomed the decision by an Australian court in Perth to allow the extradition to Hungary of Hungarian officer Charles Zentai who is wanted for murder committed in Budapest during the Holocaust. In a statement issued by its chief Nazi-hunter, Israel director Dr. Efraim Zuroff, who exposed Zentai in the framework of “Operation: Last Chance”, the Center expressed deep satisfaction that justice might finally be achieved.

According to Zuroff:

“Today’s decision brings us a giant step forward toward achieving historic justice. Our thoughts are with the family of Peter Balazs whom Zentai is alleged to have murdered in Budapest in November 1944. And it is only thanks to Peter’s father Dezso and his brother Adam, who collected the evidence of Zentai’s role in Peter’s murder, that the Wiesenthal Center was able more than three years ago to track down the person responsible for the crime. We urge the Australian authorities to expedite the case and complete the extradition process as quickly as possible so that justice can finally be achieved.”

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