Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Nazi Suspect Will not be Extradited Due to "Technicality"

It is a popular idea that the Nazis got what they deserved after the Holocaust.  Not really true.  Perhaps because many people confuse the bombing of Germany (ie Dresden), the division of Germany, etc. with punishing the Nazis.  Not true either.  A great many Nazis left Germany, Hungary, Austria and went on to live wonderful happy lives in South America, the US, parts of the Middle East and Europe.  The idea that they were appropriately punished is a myth - first of all because what appropriate punishment is there for the heinous acts they committed?  Second, because they just moved somewhere else and lived new lives, something their 6 million plus victims never got to do.

Case in point:
Charles Zentai, now 90, was accused by Hungarian authorities of beating to death a Jewish teenager, Peter Balazs, in Budapest in 1944.
Australia's highest court ruled that Zentai could not be extradited to the country of his birth because the offense "war crime" did not exist in Hungarian law at the time the murder was alleged to have been committed.

Well Australia isn't exactly know for its stellar record of ousting Nazis:
Australia has never convicted a Nazi war criminal, even though hundreds found sanctuary there after the war. A special unit set up by the federal government in 1987 investigated 841 suspects. It was shut down in 1992 without a single successful conviction.