Three with Canadian Links Added to Most-Wanted Nazi List

By Peter Henderson

Postmedia News, April 23, 2012

Nazi hunters at an international Jewish human rights organization have added  three men with Canadian connections to the top of their most-wanted list.

The top spot on the list from the Simon Wiesenthal Center is held by Laszlo  Csatary, who is accused of participation in the deportation of more than 15,000  Jews to Auschwitz while working as police commander in Nazi-occupied  Hungary.

Csatary — along with co-accused Vladimir Katriuk of Montreal and Helmut  Oberlander of Kitchener, Ont. — was one of many Germans who fled to Canada after  the war. Canada's immigration authorities examined the cases against all three, and  deported Csatary in 1997. He is now believed to be living in Hungary.

But after lengthy legal proceedings, both Katriuk and Oberlander were allowed  to stay because of a lack of evidence. Now the organization is calling for their extradition to Israel to face  trial.

Katriuk is accused of participating in the mass murder of civilians in  Belarus as a platoon commander in the Ukrainian military. In 2007, the Department of Citizenship and Immigration dropped its case  against Katriuk.

Oberlander served in Einsatzkommando D, a mobile death squad that targeted  Jews in southern Ukraine. But his defenders say the then-17 year old was conscripted at gunpoint and  worked only as a translator. In 2009, the Federal Court of Appeal struck down a government order for his  deportation.

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