Thursday, September 22, 2005

You Too Can Be a Nazi Hunter

From New York (N.Y.) Newsday:

Croatia seeks 92-year-old WWII suspect

Associated Press Writer

September 22, 2005, 9:52 AM EDT

ZAGREB, Croatia - Croatia has requested that Austria extradite a 92-year-old World War II war crimes suspect who was tracked down by an amateur Nazi hunter, the justice minister said Thursday.


Aschner, a former police chief in eastern Croatia, allegedly enforced racist laws in 1941-1942 under Croatia's World War II Nazi puppet regime, which persecuted tens of thousands of Jews, Gypsies and Serbs.

He is suspected of committing crimes against civilians, mainly Jews and Serbs, the minister, Vesna Skare Ozbolt, told The Associated Press.


Aschner lived peacefully in Croatia for years before he was discovered two years ago by an amateur researcher, Alen Budaj.

Budaj traced his family history and discovered Aschner's alleged wartime role. He then located him living in central Croatia and alerted authorities, setting in motion a hunt for the elderly suspect - and prompting Aschner to seek shelter in Austria.


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