Search for alleged Nazi fugitive switches to UK

AN ALLEGED Nazi war criminal has slipped into Britain and is believed to be living in the Rugby area, according to Nazi hunters from the Simon Wiesenthal Centre in Israel. Konrad Kalejs, now 86, is implicated in the murder of 30,000 Jews at a death camp in Latvia in the Second World War.

Mr Kalejs is believed to have arrived in Britain in the summer from Australia, where Jewish groups had demanded his arrest. He was a lieutenant in the notorious Latvian Arajs Kom security force, which operated as a murder squad. He fled from Europe at the end of the war and became an Australian citizen in 1957.

Dr Efraim Zuroff, director of the Israel office of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, said their investigators tracked Mr Kalejs down to the UK two weeks ago. "Our information is that he is living in the Rugby area," he said. "We are talking about a very, very bad man who should be brought to justice.

"He was a member of a volunteer security force which was responsible for killing tens of thousands of men, women and children, mainly Jews.

"He has been deported from America and Canada for his war crimes and we do not think that the people of Great Britain would welcome him." Dr Zuroff said they were expecting to find out where he was living in the next few days.

Mr Kalejs, who holds an Australian passport, was deported from America in 1994 and was forced to leave Canada two years ago after an immigration inquiry implicated him in the running of a Nazi slave camp near Riga, the Latvian capital.

Mr Kalejs was an officer in the Nazi-affiliated secret police unit and a supervisor at the Salaspils concentration camp in Latvia, where prisoners succumbed to starvation, disease, torture and execution.

Nazi SS murder squads were stretched so thin by the time they arrived in Latvia in 1941, two years into the war, that they recruited local fascists to help. Membership of the unit was voluntary and it was involved in shooting thousands of innocent people during the round-ups.

Dr Zuroff said Mr Kalejs, who has independent wealth, had never been happy in Australia after his return there, especially when his past became known. Mr Kalejs left Australia in June this year. "We will be writing to Warwickshire police to ask them to take action against Kalejs. This man is a war criminal and it is their duty to prosecute him."

David Winnick MP, a member of the Commons Select Committee on Home Affairs, said: "I don't know if the allegations are true but certainly there should be an immediate investigation by the police into these alleged war crimes."

Mike O'Brien, a minister at the Home Office, said he would be happy to pass on details of the Kalejs case to the police, who in turn said they would investigate any complaint.

News
peoplePaper attempts to defend itself
Voices
voicesWe desperately need men to be feminists too
Life and Style
food + drink
Arts and Entertainment
British actor Idris Elba is also a DJ and rapper who played Ibiza last summer
film
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
ebooksAn unforgettable anthology of contemporary reportage
Life and Style
tech
News
Mike Tyson has led an appalling and sad life, but are we not a country that gives second chances?
peopleFormer boxer 'watched over' crash victim until ambulance arrived
Arts and Entertainment
Geena Davis, founder and chair of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
tv
News
i100
News
Alan Bennett criticised the lack of fairness in British society encapsulated by the private school system
peopleBut he does like Stewart Lee
Sport
John Terry, Frank Lampard
footballChelsea captain sends signed shirt to fan whose mum had died
Arts and Entertainment
Rita Ora will replace Kylie Minogue as a judge on The Voice 2015
tv
News
i100
Life and Style
tech
Life and Style
Alan Turing, who was convicted of gross indecency in 1952, was granted a royal pardon last year
life
Arts and Entertainment
Sheridan Smith as Cilla Black and Ed Stoppard as her manager Brian Epstein
tvCilla Episode 2 review: Grit under the glamour in part two of biopic series starring Sheridan Smith
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Account Executive/Sales Consultant – Permanent – Hertfordshire - £16-£20k

£16500 - £20000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: We are currently r...

KS2 PPA Teacher needed (Mat Cover)- Worthing!

£100 - £125 per day: Randstad Education Crawley: KS2 PPA Teacher currently nee...

IT Systems Manager

£40000 - £45000 per annum + pension, healthcare,25 days: Ashdown Group: An est...

IT Application Support Engineer - Immediate Start

£28000 per annum: Ashdown Group: IT Software Application Support Analyst - Imm...

Day In a Page

Secret politics of the weekly shop

The politics of the weekly shop

New app reveals political leanings of food companies
Beam me up, Scottie!

Beam me up, Scottie!

Celebrity Trekkies from Alex Salmond to Barack Obama
Beware Wet Paint: The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition

Beware Wet Paint

The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition
Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Can 'The Endless River' carry on the tradition?
Sanctuary for the suicidal

Sanctuary for the suicidal

One mother's story of how London charity Maytree helped her son with his depression
A roller-coaster tale from the 'voice of a generation'

Not That Kind of Girl:

A roller-coaster tale from 'voice of a generation' Lena Dunham
London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice. In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence

London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice

In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence
Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with Malcolm McLaren

Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with McLaren

Designer 'felt pressured' into going out with Sex Pistols manager
Jourdan Dunn: Model mother

Model mother

Jordan Dunn became one of the best-paid models in the world
Apple still coolest brand – despite U2 PR disaster

Apple still the coolest brand

Despite PR disaster of free U2 album
Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits