The chief Nazi hunter with the Simon Wiesenthal Center says age and the passage of time are no barriers to investigating alleged Nazi activity during World War II.
If a person is charged with war crimes, you don’t just ignore the crime because a suspect has reached old age, said Efraim Zuroff, who called the German-led investigation of now 87-year-old Johann “Hans” Breyer of Philadelphia a powerful message that such efforts will continue.
“Old age should not protect people who committed such heinous crimes,” Zuroff said Monday by phone from Israel.
Germany has launched a war crimes investigation against Breyer on allegations that he served as an SS guard at the Auschwitz death camp complex after years of failed attempts by the U.S. to revoke his citizenship.
Breyer resolutely denied those allegations and told The Associated Press in an interview in his home late last week that he was never at the camp.