According to the Times, Mark Gould doesn't like to be called a "Nazi hunter," but we can't think of another way to describe the obsessive way he spent eight years trying to get a confession out of ex-Waffen SS officer Bernhard Frank. Yesterday at a news conference in New York, Gould announced a lawsuit against Frank, now 97, after allegedly recording the former officer and aide to Heinrich Himmler admitting to signing a document in 1941 that spurred an attack on the village of Korets, in Ukraine. And how did this American with "extended Jewish family" get that confession, you might ask? He posed as a neo-Nazi.

There seem to be a lot of holes in Gould's story, but it boils down to this: He went undercover and filmed hours upon hours of interviews with Frank, which led to Frank apparently admitting his "signature was on a document ordering the killing of Jews in newly captured Soviet territories." However, Simon Wiesenthal Center "Nazi hunter" Efraim Zuroff is coming to Frank's defense (sort of), saying, "He's attributed with far more responsibility and criminal guilt than he actually deserves...there's a big difference between that and portraying him as one of the key operatives of the Nazi Holocaust." Frank has also not been shy about admitting his past; he published a book about his Nazi career.

Gould claims, "He had no signs of remorse. He was proud. He said it was necessary and blamed the Jews." Until now, only Nazis who murdered or gave direct orders for murder have been prosecuted, but professor Stephen D. Smith says Frank, "sat at the intersection between the ideology of National Socialism and the policy of genocide. ... Culpability lay with the ideology itself." Frank allegedly checked documents "for correctness," but Smith says Frank "had full knowledge that his actions would result in genocide." Germany will not extradite their citizens (the interviews were done in Frankfurt), but the lawsuit could continue without Frank's presence and possibly lead to the freezing of his assets.

Frank wouldn't talk about the lawsuit, telling the Times, "I’ve never done statements concerning the Holocaust, because I just don’t exactly know much about it." We doubt that, but when asked what Gould was like, he said, "Well, what seller, who wants to sell something, is not friendly."