Most Wanted Nazi, Sandor Kepiro, Stands Trial

It's never too late to seek justice.

Published: May 7th 2011
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Sandor Kepiro

The trial of the world’s most wanted Nazi war criminal, 97 year-old Sandor Kepiro, has begun in Budapest, Hungary. Kepiro is charged with the murder of 36 Jews and Serbs in Novi-Sad, Serbia in 1942, part of a slaughter that killed 1,200 innocents in all.Kepiro, number one on the Simon Wiesenthal Center's latest list of most wanted Nazi war criminals, is accused for his part in the mass murder of the civilians between January 21 and 23, 1942. But,while he admits his presence there, Kepiromaintains his innocence. "I have no regret, all I did was my duty," he said.


Kepiro was based in Northern Serbia, which was occupied at the time by Nazi Germany’s ally, Hungary. He was involved in arresting and rounding up 1,200 locals, which were shot to death in response to Partisan actions. His part was to see that no “pure Hungarians” were accidentally killed. He also commanded a Gendarmerie unit which moved door-to-door, murdering people in their own homes.


Kepiro, married with two children, started his police career at Budapest’s Gendarmerie Academy in 1938, at the age of 24. In 1943, he was promoted to captain and continued with the corps until 1944. He was already sentenced to terms of 10 and 14 years in 1944 and 1946 respectively, but avoided prison by fleeing to Argentina, where he worked as a farmer and in the textile industry and lived until the late 90’s.


In 1996, after the fall of Communism, he returned to Hungary where he lived peacefully before being tracked down by the Simon Wiesenthal Centre in 2006.


According to the director of the Center, Efraim Zuroff, Kepiro’s trial could be one of the last of its kind.


“It sends a powerful message that the passage of time does not diminish the guilt of the killers and that old age should not protect those who committed such heinous crimes," Zuroff said.

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