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

January 31, 2017

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During the period under review, the country in which the most significant practicalprogress and achievements in prosecuting Nazi war criminals were recorded wasGermany. This is clearly the result of the dramatic change instituted several years agovis-à-vis suspected Holocaust perpetrators who served in death camps orEinsatzgruppen, who can now be successfully convicted of accessory to murder basedon service alone. Previously, prosecutors had to be able to prove that a suspect hadcommitted a specific crime against a specific victim and that the crime had beenmotivated by racial hatred to be able to bring a case to court. Besides Germany, therewere ongoing investigations against Holocaust perpetrators as of March 31, 2016 inseveral additional countries such as Italy, Denmark, the United States, Poland andapparently Canada, and the number of ongoing investigations has almost doubledduring the past year.

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