Annual Status Report: Worldwide Investigation & Prosecution of Nazi War Criminals 2016

January 31, 2017


During the period under review, the country in which the most significant practical progress and achievements in prosecuting Nazi war criminals were recorded was Germany. This is clearly the result of the dramatic change instituted several years ago vis-à-vis suspected Holocaust perpetrators who served in death camps or Einsatzgruppen, who can now be successfully convicted of accessory to murder based on service alone. Previously, prosecutors had to be able to prove that a suspect had committed a specific crime against a specific victim and that the crime had been motivated by racial hatred to be able to bring a case to court. Besides Germany, there were ongoing investigations against Holocaust perpetrators as of March 31, 2016 in several additional countries such as Italy, Denmark, the United States, Poland and apparently Canada, and the number of ongoing investigations has almost doubled during the past year.

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