Ephraim Zuroff, the head of the Wiesenthal Institute in Jerusalem, claims to have information on László Csizsik-Csatary, a convicted Nazi war criminal, after paying a local informer in Budapest $25,000 for a tip.
In 1944, Csizsik-Csatáry was the Royal Hungarian Police commander in the city of Kassa in Hungary. In charge of a Jewish ghetto, he helped organize the deportation of approximately 15,700 Jews to Auschwitz. He is also accused of having inhumanely exercised his authority in a forced labour camp. He was convicted in absentia for war crimes in 1948 and sentenced to death. He fled to Canada in 1949 claiming to be a Yugoslav national and settled in Montreal where he became an art dealer. He became a Canadian citizen in 1955. In 1997, his Canadian citizenship was revoked by the federal Cabinet for lying on his citizenship application. He voluntarily left the country two months later and was barred from returning. He was found in Budapest, Hungary, by reporters from the Sun this month. "We negotiated with the source about the reward he would receive -- and then he gave us the information," Zuroff told Haaretz, the Israeli newspaper, yesterday morning. Zuroff passed along the information on Csizsik-Csatáry's location to the local authorities in Hungary. "I expect them to question him, and take his passport to prevent him from running away," he said.