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Elderly Nazi killer begins life prison term

The Local · 16 Dec 2011, 06:49

Published: 16 Dec 2011 06:49 GMT+01:00

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Heinrich Boere, who confessed to the killings as part of an SS hit squad in 1944, was brought to a prison hospital, the public prosecutor's office in the city of Aachen said, 21 months after being sentenced.

An expert had declared Boere – who suffers from heart problems and is wheelchair-bound – fit enough to begin his term provided certain medical care was provided, a spokesman said.

He had been staying at a nursing home until space became available at the prison hospital in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

On several occasions, Boere admitted to shooting in cold blood pharmacist Fritz Bicknese, bicycle shop owner Teunis de Groot and Frans-Willem Kusters.

But he argued that as a member of an SS commando unit tasked with killing suspected resistance members or supporters, he risked being sent to a concentration camp if he refused.

He spent six decades one step ahead of the law after escaping from a prisoner-of war camp in 1947 and returning to his birthplace in Germany.

Boere, whose father was Dutch and who grew up in the Netherlands, was sentenced to death in Amsterdam – in absentia – in 1949. The sentence was later commuted to life imprisonment.

Afterwards, he remained a free man – working as a coal miner in Germany until 1976 – as Germany refused to extradite him in the 1980s, saying it was unable to determine if he was German or stateless.

Germany as a rule does not extradite its citizens to stand trial in other countries.

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The Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Center launched a new drive in Germany Wednesday to catch the last perpetrators of the Holocaust still at large based on a groundbreaking precedent set by the May conviction of former camp guard John Demjanjuk, 91.


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Your comments about this article

14:19 December 16, 2011 by Loth
If he is in a nursing home he is already in prison. How can he be punished more? Take away his meals?
15:40 December 16, 2011 by auslanderus
It says he killed three people and now he pays for his crime or should he be free? If so, what about the people he killed, do they matter?
13:41 December 17, 2011 by raandy
They all matter, but when the National Gov of a country, condones murder by it's soldiers and actually promoted people that did and demoted those that did not it hardly seems fair to make this old SS Nazi the scape goat of a brutal regime.
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