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Belgian Jew Lodges Complaint with Austria Against Detained Nazi

A relative of a Belgian jewel merchant departed to his death in Auschwitz lodged a formal complaint today with Viennese authorities against a former SS general who deported the victim and then lived in Austria for three years under the victim’s identity.

The complaint was filed by Adolf Thau, 69, brother-in-law of Isaac Meisels, against Jan Verbelen, who has been under arrest in Vienna for more than a year on war crimes charges; Verbelen, who served during the Nazi occupation of Belgium, was sentenced to death in absentia in Belgium. He fled and turned up in Vienna and escaped extradition by taking Austrian citizenship.

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