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Former Nazi SS hit man goes on trial in Aachen

AFP/DDP/DPA/The Local · 28 Oct 2009, 12:30

Published: 28 Oct 2009 12:30 GMT+01:00

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Boere allegedly shot and killed three resistance fighters in the Nazi occupied Netherlands in 1944. A Dutch court sentenced him to death in absentia for the crime some 60 years ago, but the ruling was later changed to a lifelong prison sentence.

Boere never served the sentence, fleeing to Germany in 1947. Authorities between the Netherlands and Germany have been bickering about his fate ever since.

In April 2008, Boere admitted to German news magazine Focus that he was guilty of the shootings. In a later interview with Der Spiegel he said he had been following orders which he thought to be correct at the time.

Thirteen hearings have been scheduled for the trial, but they will be interrupted by frequent breaks to accommodate the deteriorating health of the defendant, who lives in an assisted care facility. A doctor will also be present at all times.

A verdict is expected on December 18.

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The case is being closely followed along with that of 89-year-old John Demjanjuk, a Ukrainian-born former guard at the Sobibor death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland whose trial begins in late November. He is accused of aiding in the gas chamber deaths of some 27,900 Jews in 1943.

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Your comments about this article

15:39 October 28, 2009 by Wabit
Do you suppose just for one moment that these three people were the only ones that this Nazi Hit Man killed?
15:52 October 28, 2009 by OPB
I doubt that myself.
16:12 October 28, 2009 by Nemesis
@ HerrDinksbumps

Your anti-semitism and lack of reasoning based on facts is noted. I assume you support committing war crimes.

He shot 3 unarmed people without trial. He is a criminal in my opinion.

However if he did not shoot them, the sentence in the German army was beheading with an axe for failing to carry out standing orders. I assume that will be taken into account in his trial.

What needs to be known is if they were actual combatants or just innocent civilians killed at random. Killers of innocent civilians is a clear cut case of war crimes. Killers of people who were involved in attacks is not clear cut, no matter what side they were on.

In that war all sides committed war crimes.

A LOT more nazi doctors who ran killing hospitals should have been tried and hung, but they were not. People in propaganda should not even have been tried.

If all was fair a lot of people on the allied side would have been tried as well, but were not, such as Bomber Harris. unfortunately it is the victor who decides who is tried after a war. The choice of who is tried is not independant.
16:26 October 28, 2009 by berlinski
The only war criminals are the ones on the losing side. I agree that criminals such as this should be brought to justice, but why stop there. Winston Churchill was also a war criminal who should have been tried and sent to prison for his ordering the bombing of Dresden.
16:41 October 28, 2009 by Scottrocks9
Don't worry for him. If his lawyers are any good they just have to say it was a time of war and he had to kill these three victims to defend his his country's honor. Is that not what Churchill did in Dresden to the 125,000 defenceless civilians? Is that not what the Americans have done for the last 6 years,and not even on their own soil, but in Iraq to the Iraqi civilians? Now that's war criminals.
21:26 October 28, 2009 by Nemesis
The BBC has more information.


I think nit best to read the BBC page as well.
21:31 October 28, 2009 by wxman
Hurry up! Hurry up! Quickly, before they all die of natural causes. Then what? I suppose we could always go after their children and grandchildren for a little more self-righteousness.
10:08 October 29, 2009 by kid_a
Since this was a Dutch inhabitant he chose himself to become a Nazi. Please no mercy for a man like this desipte his age. I believe that it is very difficult to prove that those bastards kill one man, and therefore I suppose he killed many more but they only could prove three. He was already in trial and should just pay his dues..
10:21 October 29, 2009 by BindenShovel
I track blogs that mention Winston Churchill and was surprised that he was being mentioned as a war criminal in regard to Dresden, as with all things these days people like to reinterpret history.

Dresden was an act of war and a response to the mass indiscriminate bombing of Britain by the Nazi's in the early part of WW2 when Britain was at its weakest. Churchill had stated that he would respond in kind and when the opportunity arose and he did. It was part of war.

The chap who stated that war crimes are determined by the victors is also correct, and this has been the case throughout history. If the Nazi's had succeeded in their ambitions then Heinrich would be a hero, thankfully it didn't come to pass.

I recently spent 4 years researching a book called Churchill's Secret Skills which I recently published in the USA. It identifies some of the techniques and talents Churchill employed in the war that few people know about.

Churchill despised the Nazi regime but you can tell from many comments throughout his memoirs that he had a lot of admiration for the German people and especially the fighting qualities of the German forces.

In my opinion I think they should let it rest and let Heinrich die of old age in the knowledge that his misdeeds have been exposed and that those around him now know the truth. The shame he will face as a free man will be equal to any prison sentence. Nothing is going to bring the poor heroic folks back that he killed, his punishment in my opinion achieves nothing. I would wager that Churchill would have been of the same view. He thoroughly disliked officiousness which is precisely what this is.
11:57 October 29, 2009 by abolish
Hang him plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!!!
16:37 October 29, 2009 by Scottrocks9
The destruction of Dresden was an indescriminate act of brutal aggression against an undefended city of civilians and refugees-no ifs, ands or buts. There can be no defense against that other than to say it was an act of war. And as far as retaliation against the bombilng of English civilians-Germany had lost Millions of civilians more than England did. Churchill was just the English version of Hitler-he wanted to prove and preserve English superiority over Europe and the world. After all, what had the British been doing for the last 300 years prior to the advent of Hitler: Invading continents around the globe, enslaving their peoples and imposing their wills upon these lands. It's time to put a fair balance on the way history has been written.
17:41 October 30, 2009 by mixxim
Scotrocks - you are just wingeing cos Winnie sent troops into Glasgow after we beat the Jerries. Remember they started the war, bombing towns with 'innocent' civvies, so why complain about Dresden, Hamburg etc.

They are lucky to have anything left.
23:13 October 30, 2009 by Danton
An old man who may have killed three civilians more than sixty-five years ago is charged as a war criminal. The men who certainly killed 1 400 civilians in Gaza last Christmas will never be charged. Justice is very selective. The weak and the defeated are punished. Those who are powerful are not.
16:39 October 31, 2009 by edwards629
Don't be fooled this man wants to live just as bad as any 20 year old. But on the other hand why put this animal on trial if he's not going to get a bullet to the head. Oh and dont think the people him and his coherts put in gas chambers didnt want to live reguardless of their age.
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