This grim stop sign still stands near Auschwitz’s infamous gate at the Nazi concentration camp in Poland.
The capture and prosecution of Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk in the U.S. earlier this year has prompted the Polish government to launch another hunt for any remaining staff members from Auschwitz who could still be at large. Some 500 Auschwitz survivors will be interviewed to aid in the search. —KA
The Krakow branch of the Institute of National Remembrance in Poland (Instytut Pamieci Narodowej, IPN), which investigates both Nazi and Communist crimes, announced the new probe at the end of October. The aim will be to ascertain whether any former Auschwitz staff are still alive, and if so, whether to pursue legal action against them.
Efraim Zuroff, a Nazi hunter working with the Simon Wiesenthal Center, told AP that he welcomed the news of the new investigation. But, he also said that the results were not a foregone conclusion.
Mr Zuroff added: “The Institute of National Remembrance excels in opening up investigations. They don’t excel in prosecuting Nazi war criminals.”