Annual Nazi hunting report downgrades US, credits Germany

This year's report praised Germany for loosening criteria to make it easier to prosecute former Nazis.

By: Associated Press | Jerusalem | Published: April 13, 2015 9:25:04 pm
FILE - In this March 15, 2015 file photo a man holds a banner which reads "Racism Kills, Let's Learn From the History", in front of a train wagon that was used by the Nazis to carry Jews from Thessaloniki to Auschwitz during WWII, in the Greek northern town of Thessaloniki, on the 72nd anniversary of the roundup and deportation of its Jews to Nazi extermination camps during World War II. It was 1943 and the Nazis were deporting Greece’s Jews to Poland’s death camps. Hitler’s genocidal accountants reserved a chilling twist: The Jews had to pay their train fare. The total bill for 58,585 Jews sent to Auschwitz and other camps came to over 2 million Reichsmark - more than 25 million ( million) euros in today’s money. The Jewish community of Thessaloniki, Greece’s biggest, says it is examining the possibility of reclaiming the rail fares from Germany - and with seven decades of interest the amount would be enormous. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos, File) FILE – In this March 15, 2015 file photo a man holds a banner which reads “Racism Kills, Let’s Learn From the History”, in front of a train wagon that was used by the Nazis to carry Jews from Thessaloniki to Auschwitz during WWII, in the Greek northern town of Thessaloniki, on the 72nd anniversary of the roundup and deportation of its Jews to Nazi extermination camps during World War II. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos, File)

The world’s predominant Nazi-hunting group is taking the United States to task over its failure to prosecute a member of a notorious Nazi killing unit who lived quietly in Minnesota for decades.

In its annual report, the Simon Wiesenthal Center said Monday that it had lowered its ranking of the U.S.’s Nazi-hunting efforts from A to B. It was the first time the U.S. has been ranked so low.

Efraim Zuroff, director of the center’s Israel office, said the ranking was in part because the U.S. took no action against Michael Karkoc. An Associated Press investigation exposed the retired carpenter as a commander in an SS-led Ukrainian unit.

This year’s report praised Germany for loosening criteria to make it easier to prosecute former Nazis.

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