Three with Canadian Links Added to Most-Wanted Nazi List
By Peter Henderson
Postmedia News, April 23, 2012
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.