Croatia investigating possible Nazi war criminal

Feb. 5, 2014 at 8:44 AM
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CEPIN, Croatia, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Croatian officials are investigating whether a 90-year-old man committed war crimes as a Nazi soldier and guard at the Auschwitz death camp during World War II.

Germany's Special Prosecutor's Office for Investigation of Crimes during the Period of National Socialism alerted Croatian authorities about the suspected war criminal, Jacob Dencinger, allegedly a former American businessman who went by the name Jakob Frank Denzinger, the Croatian news agency Jutarnji reported Jan. 29.

Dencinger was born in Cepin, Croatia, but was an ethnic German.

A man with the same name joined the Waffen SS elite Nazi unit at the age of 18 and served as a guard in at least five concentration camps during World War II, Jutarnji said.

The news agency said Dencinger had moved to the United States in 1956 and was a businessman in the Akron, Ohio, area, becoming a citizen in 1972. His citizenship was revoked and he left the country in 1989, Jutarnji said.

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