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Archives confirm Nižnanský's espionage past

Czech archives indicate that the recently detained Slovak World War II criminal Ladislav Nižòanský served in the Czechoslovak military espionage in 1947 and 1948, and later in the U.S. Counterintelligence Corps (CIC), news wire TASR wrote.

According to Dalibor Statnik, the head of the Czech Interior Ministry's archives, Nižòanský left Czechoslovakia for Austria in 1948 and was supposed to inform on the activities of Czechoslovak immigrants there.

However, there he joined the CIC and later underwent special training with its units. At the turn of the '40s and '50s, he assisted in the dissemination of false information and carried out unspecified administrative tasks.

Arrested by the German police in Munich on Friday, January 16, Nižòanský, 86, is said to have been actively involved in the January 21, 1945 massacre of 146 civilians, including 70 women and 51 children, in the central Slovak villages of Ostrý Grúò and Kľak.

He is also held responsible for ordering the execution of 18 civilians of Jewish origin in February 1945.

In 1962, a district court in Banská Bystrica issued a death sentence en absentia on him.

Statnik explains the fact that Nižòanský managed to work for three (German, Czechoslovak, and American) secret services as a consequence of the existential demands of war and post-war conditions.

Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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