The Madeleine Brand Show for July 18, 2012

Most-wanted Nazi under arrest in Hungary

Laszlo Csatary, aka Ladislaus Csizsik-Cs


Laszlo Csatary, aka Ladislaus Csizsik-Csatary, leaves a courthouse in Budapest on July 18, 2012, after he was placed under house arrest for 30 days following questioning by an investigative judge at the military's prosecution's office. Csatary is accused by the Wiesenthal Center of having helped organise the deportation of some 15,700 Jews to the Auschwitz death camp during World War II.

A 97-year-old Hungarian man is in custody today, after being accused of being the most-wanted Nazi war criminal in the world.

Laszlo Csatary is suspected of having helped deport thousands of Jews to death camps during the Holocaust. Csatary has admitted to those charges in the past, though he claimed his role was minimal.

Prosecutors decided to charge Csatary with the “unlawful torture of human beings,” a war crime that carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center here in LA, joins the show to discuss Csatary. The Wiesenthal Center brought this case to the attention of Hungarian authorities.


Rabbi Abraham Coope associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a leading Jewish human rights organization with over 400,000 family members

Information from the Associated Press contributed to this report

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