(JTA) -- An alleged Nazi war criminal,
Milivoj Ašner, died in an Austrian retirement home.
Ašner, 98, died Monday in the Carinthian city of Klagenfurt, the English-language
Austrian Independent reported. As the chief of police in
the Croatian town of Pozega during World War II, Ašner allegedly
ordered the deportation of local Jews, Serbs and Roma to
concentration camps run by the Croatian fascist Ustasha regime.
He moved to Austria and after the
war and became an Austrian citizen.
The Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal
Center criticized Austrian authorities for failing to bring
Ašner to justice.
“The recent death of Milivoj Ašner
in Austria unprosecuted for his crimes, is a travesty of
justice which reinforces the total failure of the Austrian
judicial authorities to adequately deal with the issue of
Nazi war criminals during the past more than three decades,”
Ephraim Zuroff, the center’s chief Nazi hunter, said in a
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