Suspected Nazi Charged in Aiding 430,000 Deaths, Murdering 10 Others

July 29, 2010

Gypsy prisoners in Belzec; Photo credit: United States Holocaust Memorial Archive

Germany (ChattahBox) – An 88-year-old man has been arrested and charged with helping aid in the deaths of 430,000 Jews, and personally shooting 10 others during his time as a Nazi guard in the Belzec concentration camp.

Samuel Kunz was believed to have been captured by Germans during his time in the Red Army, where he served from a time before he was 18. He was taken into the Nazi’s, and served as a guard at the Belzec Nazi camp. The camp served as an execution spot, where nearly everyone who passed through its’ gated died within 24 hours of arriving.

He first came to the attention of authorities as they investigated another case, of a man named John Demjanjuk, another man who was recruited by Nazi’s from the former Soviet Union.

Because he was not an officer, he did not originally come up as a war criminal, the Daily Telegraph reports.

Now, he is facing a number of murder charges as a man who spent years assisting in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent victims, and murdering several on his own.

Nazi hunters hope that this will serve as a warning to all those still living who participated in the crimes of WWII, that they are still being sought out.

“We have an obligation to the victims of the Holocaust to prosecute the people who turned them into victims,” Efraim Zuroff, one of the leading authorities on the subject, said.

“And Kunz is one of those people.”


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