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Budapest - Nazi Suspect is Tracked Down By TV Reporter. VIDEO

Published on: September 26, 2008 08:37 AM
By: The Sun
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TV reporter talks with Sandor Kapor rightBudapest - The newspaper Sun has confronted Europe’s most wanted Nazi war criminal at his Hungarian bolthole.

Dr Sandor Kepiro, 94, is accused of aiding the massacre of at least 2,000 innocents during the Second World War.

Now living near a SYNAGOGUE in Budapest, he insisted to us: “I sleep well at night.”

When I asked if it was time to face justice, his bloodshot blue eyes narrowed and his fingers jabbed the air as he snapped: “Understand, I’m not interested in what you are saying. I’m not interested in what anybody is saying.”

The former Hungarian gendarme — who fled to Argentina after the war — then told me: “The court will decide. The court.”

Kepiro, wearing a flat cap and grey sweatshirt, may one day get his wish.

Serbian war crime prosecutors announced on Wednesday that they want to extradite him for acts of genocide.

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He is accused of playing a significant part in the murder of thousands of Jews and Serbs by the Nazis’ Hungarian allies during the so-called Great Raid in Novi Sad, Serbia, in 1942.

Civilians — including children — were rounded up at gunpoint and pushed through holes in the ice of the frozen river Danube.

Some had been shot dead but others were still alive when they were herded into the icy river.

River of death ... Serbs were marched to the Danube in 1942’s Great Raid

River of death ... Serbs were marched to the Danube
in 1942’s Great Raid

Last night Nazi hunter Efraim Zuroff, head of Jerusalem’s Simon Wiesenthal Center, said: “The passage of time in no way diminishes the guilt of the perpetrators.

“Every victim deserves that the effort be made to bring people guilty of genocide to justice.”

We caught up with Kepiro outside his flat in the Hungarian capital as the prosecutors made their announcement.

Now grey-haired and walking with a stoop, Kepiro, who denies aiding genocide, seems physically fit, mentally lucid and far from cowed.

When I asked through a translator if he had blood on his hands, he told me: “There is nothing.”

We confronted the doctor of law as he took a stroll in the up-market Old Buda district of the city.

Neighbours say Kepiro is a cheery figure who enjoys life and is thought to be financially secure. One middle-aged woman said: “He often organises parties for other people in the flats.”

Living a mile away on the other side of the Danube from Kepiro is one of the traumatised survivors of the Great Raid.

The 71-year-old — still too frightened to have his name published 63 years after the war — has a fading photo of himself at five clutching his dad’s hand in Novi Sad shortly before the genocide.

His voice faltering with emotion, the Jewish grandfather said last night: “I’m not surprised Kepiro sleeps well. After all, he’s outlived not only those that died but many of the survivors as well.”

Face from the past ... Kepiro in a photo from his gendarme days

Face from the past ... Kepiro in a photo from his gendarme days

The elderly ex factory worker revealed: “I remember those dark days so well. The Hungarian gendarmes came for my parents and me in the night.

“It was freezing — around minus 20°C — and we were herded from our home towards the Danube.

“As we shuffled nearer the river I could hear gunshots ahead. People, including children, were being shot and thrown in the river.

“We were just 100 metres from the water when an order came to stop the killing. It was a miracle but there had already been much bloodshed.”

A Jewish Hungarian Holocaust expert, who does not want to be named, said last night: “It was a typical Nazi atrocity — brutal and efficient. In the morning the ice holes had frozen over. There was no blood and no sign of bodies.”

The elderly survivor — whose father later perished in a Nazi labour camp in Hungary — is eager for Kepiro to face justice. He insisted: “Of course he should be sent to court. It doesn’t matter if he’s 94 or over 100.”

Serbian prosecutors have lodged a request for an investigation against Kepiro with the Belgrade war crimes court.

The move, following pressure from Nazi hunter Zuroff, is the first step towards a trial.

Prosecutors said the Serbian justice ministry should request his extradition from Hungary once an investigative judge has completed the requested probe.

A statement said: “The prosecution estimated the suspect had consciously taken part in the murder of at least 2,000 Jews and Serbs in Novi Sad during a raid on January 20-23 in 1942.”

Yesterday a spokesman for the Hungarian General Prosecutors Office declined to comment.

Kepiro was convicted in 1944 for aiding the massacre — but was pardoned when Nazi Germany overran Hungary that year.

Kepiro moved to Austria. In 1946 it is alleged he was convicted again while not in court, although Hungarian records have been lost



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 Sep 26, 2008 at 08:55 AM WHY Says:

WHY DOESNT SOMEONE KILL HIM ? WHY IS HE WALKING FREELY?

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 Sep 26, 2008 at 09:20 AM Anonymous Says:

Killing him would be too easy of a death, even cutting him to pieces and feeding him to the dogs would be a waste of time. G-D will deal with him very shortly. The pain is that he lived aout a relatively peaceful life, being 94 years of age, while his victims were cut down in cold blood before they had a chance to live. But we believe that ultimtely he will face divine justice, not for 94 years, but foreever!!!!

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 Sep 26, 2008 at 10:36 AM mccain palin 08 Says:

this is a disgusting fella wish I had known about him two years ago when I was in budapest.

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 Sep 26, 2008 at 10:31 AM Lock & Load Says:

It makes me sick to hear him speak Hungarian
like our Grandfathers did....
Lock & Load

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 Sep 26, 2008 at 11:07 AM NEW YORK Says:

HE SHOULD BE HUNG IN PUBLIC

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 Sep 26, 2008 at 11:36 AM yb Says:

Am I seeing correctly , but I thought I saw a a mezzuza on the door to his apartment.

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 Sep 26, 2008 at 01:12 PM simcha Says:

the mezzuza was on a door of a shul Near his apt.
they should throw him into a icy river with pirahnas...

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 Sep 26, 2008 at 01:43 PM DOV Says:

WHY IS HE ALIVE? SOME JEW IN BUDAPEST SHOULD KILL HIM

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 Sep 26, 2008 at 03:11 PM bigwheeel Says:

Reply to #7  
simcha Says:

the mezzuza was on a door of a shul Near his apt.
they should throw him into a icy river with pirahnas...

It's Piranhas (Piranya/s)!

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 Sep 26, 2008 at 03:11 PM Goe'al ha'dam Says:

This snake has nine lives. He was convicted in 1944 for aiding the massacre — but was pardoned (sic!) by Nazi Germany when they overran Hungary that year. Make him eat earth/mud, make his name a local disgrace, make life miserable for him is the way to go.

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 Sep 26, 2008 at 02:55 PM Katy Says:

I like the pirhnas solution with the icy river!

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 Sep 26, 2008 at 03:21 PM bigwheeel Says:

Reply to #7  
simcha Says:

the mezzuza was on a door of a shul Near his apt.
they should throw him into a icy river with pirahnas...

About the Mezuzah! A lot of old nazis YMSH"V are livng in Jewish neighborhoods! They're hiding in plain sight! A few years back, there was a story about a nazi living next door to a Jewish family in Montreal! In BP, there was one living (hope he dropped dead already) on --Str. (He had good, inside connections to the PD. But that's another story)!!!

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 Sep 27, 2008 at 09:51 PM Anonymous Says:

It's not a Mezuzah and it's not a Shul , it's the intercom

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 Sep 28, 2008 at 02:44 PM Anonymous Says:

paper-cut him half to death, then bury him alive so he can feel the confusion and fear of all he tortured. do it publicly.

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 Sep 29, 2008 at 12:14 AM yoily Says:

Y IS HE STILL ALIVE?!!!!!!!!!!

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