Jewish leaders are calling for a public investigation of whether alleged Nazi war criminals had received help from MI6, a BBC report found out.
MI6 accused of helping Nazi war criminals
It emerged after the BBC revealed that suspected Nazi ally Stanislaw Chrzanowski may be involved with British secret services, MI6. The said inquiry will decide if the alleged Nazi criminals escaped prosecution as they spied for the UK in the Cold War.
Stanislaw Chrzanowski was originally from Slonim and was known to have murdered the Nazis and tortured civilians in the city during the Second World War. He died in 2017 at the age of 96. A witness during an interview in 1996 had explained how he had killed 50 Jews while working for the Nazi auxiliary police.
The case emerged after his own stepson, John Kingston, started a campaign. He had suspected for long that the pensioner had committed war crimes regardless of his refusals. The British police had previously interviewed Chrzanowski but could never found any criminal charges against him.
Before his death, Kingston handed over BBC journalist Nick Southall access to all his files, photos, and private recordings. The BBC then gathered evidence to back Kingston’s claims.
Intelligence experts believe Mr. Chrzanowski had possibly been working there for the MI6. And this could be the reason he never found justice in the UK.
According to Professor Anthony Glees, a security expert from the University of Buckingham, “British security services destroyed tens of thousands of files in the late 1980s and early 90s. They almost certainly included details of any foreign-born Nazi collaborator who had gone on to work for the UK intelligence.”
No sufficient evidence
The UK administration did not issue any statement regarding the allegations against Mr. Chrzanowski and MI6. It said the case was under review by the CPS in the 1990s. But there was no sufficient evidence to continue. That is why he did not face prosecution for war crimes.
President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews told BBC if the revelations prove to be true this is “a very dark day for Britain – and for British Jews”.
“What we need to have here is a very open and honest conversation about the whole of Britain’s post-war actions,” she said.