Suspected Nazi death camp guard Samuel Kunz dies before trial





The world's third most-wanted Nazi suspect has died before he could be brought to trial, a German court said today. Samuel Kunz, the 89-year old former Nazi death camp guard accused of participating in the murder of 430,000 Jews, died on 18 November Bonn's state court said in a statement.

Kunz was indicted on charges he was involved in the entire chain of killing Jews at the Belzec death camp, including taking victims from trains, leading them into gas chambers to throwing corpses into mass graves.

Kunz was set to be charged in a youth court because he was a minor at the time of the atrocities, but no date had been set for his trial. Efraim Zuroff, the Simon Wiesenthal Center's top Nazi hunter, said it was important that Kunz had been indicted, even if it was "incredibly frustrating" that he had died before being brought trial. "At least a small measure of justice was achieved," said Zuroff....

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