The whereabouts of Ladislaus Csizsik-Csatary, 97, the world’s most wanted Nazi war criminal, were largely unknown for the last fifteen years. Csatary was a police commander in the ghetto of Kassa and responsible for sending 15,700 Jews to their deaths at Auschwitz. For years Csatary lived under a false identity, until just recently, when he was tracked down by the British newspaper The Sun at a two-bedroom apartment in a smart district of Budapest, Hungary.
He [Ladislaus Csizsik-Csatary] took pleasure in beating women with a whip he carried on his belt, according to devastating documents uncovered by the Nazi-hunters at the Simon Wiesenthal Centre in Jerusalem.
Csizsik-Csatary also forced them to dig ditches in frozen ground with their bare hands, made dissenting Jews take up stress positions for hours, hit them with a dog lead and oversaw a shoot-on-sight policy if they tried to escape.
He fled Kassa — now renamed Kosice in Slovakia — after the Allied victory and was sentenced to death for war crimes in his absence in Czechoslovakia in 1948.
But Csizsik-Csatary created a new identity, turning up as an art dealer in Canada.
When his cover was blown there — in 1997 — his citizenship was revoked and the government began to build a case against him. He fled before deportation papers could be served.
For 15 years his whereabouts have been a mystery.
But a Sun team tracked him down to a two-bedroom apartment in a smart district of Budapest, Hungary.