Monday, May 9 was Victory Day.  Celebrated throughout Eastern Europe, it marks the Nazi surrender to the army of the Soviet Union.  There is nothing in the archive that specifically covers Victory Day, but to honor this day we are sharing the story of Tony DeVito, who worked to bring Nazi war criminals to justice, and Howard Blum, the author of his story.

Defendants at the dock during the Nuremberg Trials, 1945 or 1946

Defendants at the dock during the Nuremberg Trials, 1945 or 1946

Tscherim “Tom” Soobzokov, Valerian Trifa, Andrija Artukovic, and Boleslavs Maikovskis were living stable, successful lives in the United States in 1976.  That same year, investigative journalist Howard Blum published his book Wanted: The Search for Nazis in America, (read a 1977 review here), exposing the men as war criminals.  During the course of the interview with Terkel, Blum explains that although he was enlightening the general public on the men’s histories, a hearing for Trifa had been scheduled in 1975 (and never followed up on), and in 1965 an investigation into Mailvoskis was begun, only to be terminated.

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