A New Zealand television channel is scheduled to broadcast a documentary, Friday, that is intended to shed light on investigations of Nazis who fled to the South Pacific nation after World War II and were not prosecuted for their role in the murder of six million Jews in the Holocaust. The program features testimony of Nazis on how the Jews were murdered.
Among those seen in the film is Jonas Pukas, a member of Lithuania's 12th Police Battalion - which was notorious for killing thousands of Jews during the Holocaust, who lived in New Zealand from the 1950s until his death in 1994. In the documentary, he describes what he saw and heard, but says he was not involved in the executions. Doctor Efraim Zuroff of the Simon Wiesenthal Center noted that none of the suspected Nazis is alive or in New Zealand but called the government's stance beneath contempt, which is what makes the program significant.