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Chilling Interview with Nazi War Criminal: “Jews Screamed like Geese When they Were Shot”

A suspected Nazi war criminal described how  Jews ‘screamed like geese’ when they were shot, in a documentary set to be shown  for the first time.

Jonas Pukas, a 78-year-old Lithuanian  immigrant, even laughed as he said  Holocaust victims ‘flew in the air’.

He gave the disturbing police tape interview  at his home in New Zealand in 1992 and the audio from it forms part of the film  Nazi Hunter, which will be screened tomorrow.

The meeting was conducted by then Detective  Wayne Stringer, who was investigating a list of 47 possible war criminals that  the New Zealand government had received from the Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal  Centre.

Pukas died in 1994 at the age of  80,

Nazi war criminal suspect Jonas Pukas, a 78-year-old Lithuanian immigrant, laughed as he said Holocaust victims ‘flew in the air’ as they were shot, in soon-to-be-aired documentary Nazi Hunter. Above, Lithuania police showing no mercy to their prisoners during World War II

A member of the 12th Lithuanian Police  Battalion, was said by the Wiesenthal centre to have taken part in the killings  by the mobile murder squad.

The killers moved from village to village  rounding up Jews and gunning them down in the forests of eastern Europe.

The Australian newspaper said today that the  interview would be shown on New Zealand television’s The Inside NZ on  TV3.

Mr Stringer, 56, told the paper that the  interview would form what he described as the ‘spine’ of the documentary, directed by German-born Alexander  Behse.

‘It still haunts me,’ Mr Stringer said. ‘I’m  confident Mr Pukas was a war criminal.’

In a transcript of the interview, Pukas said  of the Jews who were being shot: ‘They shout like geese you know.’

Making the sound of birds wailing or crying,  he said with a laugh that the Jews ‘fly in air’.

He added: ‘Some of the Jews used to scream  like that, like the geese.’

Despite his graphic description, Pukas  denied taking part in the executions.

‘I only heard the people dying. I did not see  it,’ he told Mr Stringer.

The former detective has not been able to  shake off the suspected war criminal’s words.

‘I got far more emotionally involved in the  war crimes investigation than anything else I’d ever done in the police,’ he  said.

‘Genocide is still occurring in all sorts of  places around the world. That is why this film is important.’

Mr Stringer said that at least ‘a handful’ of  Nazi war criminals could have lived out their lives in New Zealand without  facing justice for atrocities they had been involved in.

Source: The Daily Mail

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