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Efraim Zuroff

Guest Speaker

    Professional affiliation

    Chief Nazi-hunter, Simon Wiesenthal Center Director, SWC Israel Office and Eastern European Affairs

    Full Biography

    Dr. Efraim Zuroff began his career as a Nazi-hunter in 1980 when he was hired by the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Special Investigations to be their sole researcher in Israel. During his six years in that capacity, his efforts helped prepare cases against numerous Nazi war criminals living in the United States. 

    For the past thirty-seven years, Dr. Zuroff has played an increasingly important role in the worldwide efforts to find and help bring to justice Nazi war criminals, including those who had escaped to Australia, Canada, Great. Britain, New Zealand, and other countries. In 1991 he exposed the rehabilitation of Nazi war criminals in Lithuania and led the campaign to stop this process. 

    Dr. Zuroff played an important role in the exposure, arrest, extradition and prosecution of Dinko Sakic, the former commandant of the Croatian concentration camp Jasenovac (nicknamed the “Auschwitz of the Balkans”). In early October 1999, Sakic who lived for more than fifty years in Argentina, was sentenced in Zagreb to twenty years’ imprisonment for his crimes in the first-ever trial of a Nazi war criminal in a post-Communist country.

    Dr. Zuroff is the author of several books, including most recently, "Our People," which he co-authored with Lithuanian writer and journalist Ruta Vanagaite.