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The Hunt for Nazis: The Real-Life Captures That Inspired The Debt
Posted August 22, 2011 to photo album "The Hunt for Nazis: The Real-Life Captures That Inspired The Debt"
John Madden’s THE DEBT tells the tale of a trio of Mossad agents who hunted down a wanted Nazi war criminal. We explore the stories of the many real-life Nazi war criminals who went into hiding after the war, and the people who tracked them down to bring them to justice.
As the 23-year-old commander of the Jasenovac concentration camp, known as “the Auschwitz of the Balkans,” Šakić is remembered by prisoners for his black uniform and boots, his white horse and his whip. At the end of the war, Šakić moved to Argentina where he lived for more than 50 years under his own name. He was tracked down by Nazi hunter Efraim Zuroff, of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, and in April 1998, war crime charges were filed against him in Zagreb and he was extradited. In 1999, he was convicted in Croatia for crimes against humanity, specifically killing Serbs, Jews and Gypsies. The New York Times, reporting on the verdict, said Šakić’s crimes included: ordering executions; failing to treat the sick; working prisoners to death; torturing people with a blowtorch; hanging inmates, leaving them dangling for days; and shooting two people to death for smiling. After the verdict was read, Šakić responded by clapping his hands and laughing. Several years later, he said in an interview that his only regret was that he didn’t kill more Serbs.