Jun 18, 2013
By Jane Brown
He’s 98 years old and a former Canadian. Now Laszlo Csatary has been indicted by Hungarian prosecutors for abusing Jews and assisting in their deportation to Nazi death camps during World War II. They say Csatary was the chief of an internment camp for 12,000 Jews at a brick factory in Kosice – a Slovak city then part of Hungary – in May 1944 and that he beat them with his bare hands and a dog whip. Csatary has denied the charges. He was first detained by Hungarian authorities in July 2012 after his case was made public by the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, a Jewish organization active in hunting down Nazis who have yet to be brought to justice. Csatary lived for decades in Canada and worked as an art dealer before leaving in 1997 before he was due to appear at a deportation hearing. His Canadian citizenship was later revoked. Csatary is expected to go on trial in Hungary, but its possible he could be extradited to Slovakia, where he was convicted in absentia in 1948.