Nazi hunters zeroing in on more suspects in Denmark

Simon Wiesenthal Center has at least four more Danes in its sights

Former members of a Danish Nazi volunteer group are being investigated (photo: iStock) Former members of a Danish Nazi volunteer group are being investigated (photo: iStock)
October 18th, 2015 3:30 pm| by Philip Tees
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In June Nazi hunters reported a 90-year-old Danish man to the police for suspected involvement in crimes during the Second World War. Now the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC), an international Jewish human rights organisation that, among other things, searches for Nazi war criminals, is on the tracks of at least four more Danes thought to have been posted in the Bobruisk concentration camp in Belarus during the war, Berlingske reports.

The suspected war criminals are former members of Frikorps Danmark, a group of volunteers created by the Danish Nazi Party in 1941, many of whom were posted on the eastern front and as guards in concentration camps around Europe.

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SWC has been given exclusive access to otherwise secret documents in the Danish national archives and this has led it to several more Danes, some of whom are believed still to be alive, thought to have been involved in war crimes.

Efraim Zuroff, the head of the SWC’s Nazi-hunting activities, told Berlingske that the organisation was working dedicatedly to bring the individuals to justice.

“We have identified several people who were posted in Bobruisk, and considering the birth year of the people involved, we have reason to believe that several of them are still alive. We are working at the moment on confirming that,” he said.

“But believe me, this is just the beginning. We have only just got started and we are on the right track. We have the money, we have the right team, and we will work flat out to get to the bottom of this as quickly as possible. We have to, because time is against us.”