Campaign Yields Tips on Nazi-Era War Crimes ; Posters in German Cities Generate Calls Prompting Investigation of Suspects

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Campaign Yields Tips on Nazi-Era War Crimes ; Posters in German Cities Generate Calls Prompting Investigation of Suspects


Smale, Alison, International New York Times


The poster campaign in Germany by the Simon Wiesenthal Center has yielded information about four people, including a woman who may have been a guard at Auschwitz, that has been passed to the authorities.

A poster campaign by the Simon Wiesenthal Center intended to identify aging Germans who may have participated in Nazi crimes has yielded information about four people, including a woman who may have been a guard at Auschwitz, that has been passed to the authorities for further investigation, the group said Monday.

The campaign, with posters showing a concentration camp and the words "Late -- but not too late," started this year in Berlin, Cologne and Hamburg and yielded "way more than we expected," said Efraim Zuroff, the director of the Israel office of the Wiesenthal Center, which tracks Nazi war crimes and their perpetrators.

Posters will go up in eight more German cities in coming weeks, he said.

Based on tips from the campaign, he said, the German federal office in charge of bringing Nazi war crimes to light is investigating a woman suspected of working at Auschwitz and a man who may have witnessed the Nazi massacre of 642 villagers at Oradour- sur-Glane, France, in June 1944.

In September, the head of that office, Kurt Schrimm, said it had sent information on 30 Germans suspected of working as camp guards in Auschwitz to state prosecutors for further investigation. …

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