A Final Effort to Find Nazi War Criminals

Diane Cole

for National Geographic News

You can’t hide from justice forever—not even for war crimes committed decades in the past, and not even when you’re 93.

That message resounded loudly this week as Germany announced the arrest of Hans Lipschis, age 93, for complicity in mass murders that took place at the notorious Nazi death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau, where he served as a guard in 1941-1945. Lipschis—who says he worked as a cook at Auschwitz—is the first to be charged from among a list of 50 former Auschwitz guards that the country’sCentral Office of the Judicial Authorities for the Investigation of National Socialist Crimes plans to probe.

Published May 8, 2013

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