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Former Trump aide Anthony Scaramucci’s $25K donation to Simon Wiesenthal Center will be used to hunt down Nazi war criminals

By in Press Enterprise on October 27, 2017

By Deepa Bharath

The Simon Wiesenthal Center will use a $25,000 donation from former White House spokesman Anthony Scaramucci to bolster efforts by “Nazi Hunter” Efraim Zuroff to help prosecute the last generation of Nazi war criminals and hold them accountable for the deaths of Jews during the Holocaust, center administrators in Los Angeles said Thursday, Oct. 26.

Zuroff, an American-born Israeli historian, is the director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Jerusalem, and has played a key role in bringing indicted Nazi and fascist war criminals to trial. He is now looking at a specific group of Nazis who formed the Einsatzgruppen, killer squads that would come in behind the military and mass murder Jews, said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Los Angeles center.

“Some of these individuals were also directly involved in herding Jews to the gas chambers,” he said. “They’ve lived long and continue to live in Germany without being indicted.”

Zuroff is now pressuring German authorities to indict surviving members of the infamous Einsatzgruppen, Cooper said.

He said it’s important to prosecute these individuals even though they may be in the their 90s and could pass away soon. It still has tremendous educational value, he said.

“We live in a time when we see on a daily basis people forgetting about the Holocaust, abusing its memory or denying that it even happened,” he said. “From an educational standpoint, there is nothing better than an indictment and conviction — to make sure the Holocaust doesn’t happen again.”

Cooper said Wiesenthal, who lost 89 members of his family in the Holocaust, hunted down Nazi war criminals passionately. He died in 2005 at age 96.

“We promised Mr. Wiesenthal that we would remain committed to what he started,” Cooper said. “Especially at this late date, this is the last chance for us to have at least one […]    

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