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New Nazi-hunting drive launched

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Berlin - The Simon Wiesenthal Center is launching an 11th-hour drive to find and prosecute remaining Nazi war criminals while they are still alive.

The Center's top Nazi-hunter Efraim Zuroff was in Berlin Wednesday to launch “Operation Last Chance II” and announce new rewards for tips on the whereabouts of war crimes suspects.

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The effort comes after German prosecutors said in October the successful conviction of former Ohio autoworker John Demjanjuk had set a precedent that allowed them to reopen hundreds of dormant investigations.

The 91-year-old Demjanjuk was convicted of thousands of counts of accessory to murder after a Munich court found he served as a death camp guard, the first time a suspect had been found guilty without evidence of a specific crime. - Sapa-AP

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