Hungarian war criminal László Csizsik-Csatáry dies in Budapest

The former head of the Hungarian police during World War II in the now Slovak city of Košice and convicted war criminal, László Csizsik-Csatáry, died in Budapest over the weekend at the age of 98. According to the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Mr. Csatáry was in charge of transports of thousands of Jews from the Košice ghetto to the death camp in Auschwitz in 1944 and was given a death sentence, in absentia for war crimes by a Czechoslovak court in 1949. In the same year he fled to Canada, where he stayed until his Canadian citizenship was revoked in 1997. He was discovered to be living in Budapest last year by a reporter and was subsequently placed under house arrest. In June of this year Csatáry was indicted for war crimes in Hungary, but the Budapest higher court suspended the case a month later, since he had been already sentenced in Czechoslovakia.

Author: Masha Volynsky