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Death before justice

Samuel Kunz was charged with atrocities at the death camp, but died before trial


 
Death before justice

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He was accused of aiding in the murder of 430,000 Jews at the Belzec death camp, and of shooting 10 people dead. But before Samuel Kunz, 89, could stand trial, he died on Nov. 18 in his home near Bonn.

Kunz, born in Russia to an ethnic German family, was captured by the Germans during the Second World War and given the choice of becoming a POW or working with the Nazis. He allegedly chose the latter, and was accused of leading Jews into gas chambers and throwing corpses into mass graves. He allegedly shot and killed wounded prisoners, and Jews trying to escape trains headed for a death camp.

After the war, Kunz resumed a seemingly normal life in Germany. He worked as a civil servant, and though he was questioned about his past, the former guard avoided trial. In April, Kunz became the third-most-wanted living Nazi when he caught the attention of investigators preparing for the trial of John Demjanjuk, the man accused of being an accessory in the murder of nearly 30,000 people. Kunz was to stand trial next year.


 

Death before justice

  1. War is hell. Canadians have been documented shooting soldiers that tried to surrender in WWII and it was just brushed under the rug. The horrors of all war crimes deserves persecution , trial and conviction if the evidence supports it, but to prosecute 70 years or so after the alleged fact is a travesty and abuse of Justice. Any prosecution or trial on century old evidence is riddled with all possibilities for errors . Prosecute the ones who turned a blind eye at the end of the war. But that would not be popular because we would have to prosecute our side. Remember the victors do no harm and get to write the History.

    • Century old evidence? Are you for real?