Most wanted war criminal tracked down
THE world’s most wanted Nazi war criminal — who helped send 15,700 Jews to their deaths at Auschwitz — has been tracked down by The Sun.
He took pleasure in beating women with a whip he carried on his belt, according to devastating documents uncovered by the Nazi-hunters at the Simon Wiesenthal Centre in Jerusalem.
Csizsik-Csatary also forced them to dig ditches in frozen ground with their bare hands, made dissenting Jews take up stress positions for hours, hit them with a dog lead and oversaw a shoot-on-sight policy if they tried to escape.
He fled Kassa — now renamed Kosice in Slovakia — after the Allied victory and was sentenced to death for war crimes in his absence in Czechoslovakia in 1948.
But Csizsik-Csatary created a new identity, turning up as an art dealer in Canada.
When his cover was blown there — in 1997 — his citizenship was revoked and the government began to build a case against him. He fled before deportation papers could be served.
For 15 years his whereabouts have been a mystery.
But a Sun team tracked him down to a two-bedroom apartment in a smart district of Budapest, Hungary.
Our investigators were given details of where he might be by the Holocaust campaigners at the Wiesenthal Centre.
Once our team found Csizsik-Csatary they were able to establish he was the Nazi collaborator — Number One on the Wiesenthal Centre’s most wanted list. We confronted him at the flat where he had been living quietly among families unaware of his chilling past.
Csizsik-Csatary, who speaks English with a Canadian accent after decades living in Montreal and Toronto, answered the door in just socks and underpants.
When we asked if he could justify his past, he looked shocked and stammered “No, no. Go away.” Questioned about his deportation case in Canada he answered angrily in English: “No, no. I don’t want to discuss it.” Our reporter asked: “Do you deny doing it? A lot of people died as a result of your actions.”
He replied: “No I didn’t do it, go away from here,” before slamming the door.
The Justice Department’s war crimes unit said he was a “commander” in the Royal Hungarian Police in Kassa in charge of officers who guarded the ghetto.
He supervised the drawing-up of lists of its inhabitants, conducted personal searches of Jews and confiscated valuables.
The police transferred the Jews from the ghetto to a brickyard at the end of April 1944 and loaded them on to freight trains to Auschwitz and other camps.
In a summary of its case against Csizsik-Csatary the Canadian Government stated: “For at least two transports, he was present for the embarkation, checking the Jews’ names on a list.” Of the approximately 12,000 Jews gathered in the brickyard and deported, just 450 survived.
During the case, Csizsik-Csatary admitted to some involvement in the “ghettoisation” of Jews and said he had played a “limited role” in the movement of Jews to the brickyard.
He also admitted handing over at least two Jews to the Germans and to attending the last mass deportation of Jews out of Kassa.
But his lawyers claimed he “did not know where the Jews were to be deported”.
Before confronting him we had watched as he took a leisurely four-hour stroll through town, savouring the long life thousands exterminated in Auschwitz had been denied.