Top Nazi war criminal dies at 90

2012-05-26 22:50

Berlin - A Nazi war criminal who escaped from a Dutch jail after the war and evaded all attempts by the Netherlands to get him back has died at the age of 90 in Germany, a hospital source said on Saturday.

Klaas Carel Faber, who was second on the Simon Wiesenthal Centre's list of Nazi criminals still at large, died on Thursday in Ingolstadt in Bavaria, where he had lived for decades, the source said.

German prosecutors said in January they had appealed to a court in Bavaria to make Faber serve the life sentence handed down by Dutch authorities for murdering 22 Jews.

Faber is a former member of the Nazi SS unit known as Silver Fir and was originally sentenced to death by a Dutch court in 1947. While awaiting execution he escaped from Breda prison in the western Netherlands in 1952 with six other former SS men.

He eventually started working for the car maker Audi based in Ingolstadt, while his sentence was commuted to life in prison after the Netherlands abolished the death penalty.

In 1957, a German court threw out all charges against him for lack of evidence and Bavarian authorities said the Netherlands must produce new evidence before Faber could be arrested again.

The Netherlands secured a European arrest warrant for Faber in November 2010 and sought his return to Dutch custody but Bavarian officials refused to execute the warrant.

Faber, who originally had Dutch nationality, escaped because Germany still recognises the citizenship that Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler gave to all those serving in the SS, and does not extradite its own citizens.

German Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, amid pressure from Israel, had long pressed Bavaria, which has jurisdiction on the case, to look for alternative solutions to deal with the Faber case.

Faber worked from 1943 to 1944 at Westerbork transit camp, where Dutch schoolgirl Anne Frank, whose diary became world-famous, was held before being sent to her death at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.

His unit killed Dutch civilians deemed "anti-German" in reprisal for resistance attacks against the Nazi occupation.

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-27 04:30

    Good, one less scum in the world !

  • Marnus - 2012-05-27 07:03

    My sincerest condolences to his friends and family. Many Russian soldiers committed warcrimes and atrocities during WW2, but were never prosecuted. The victors always write the history afterwards.

      danny.levin.351 - 2012-05-27 07:33

      Marnus, you are a moron with no morals. the nazis murdered over 9 million people (6 million Jews and 3 million others) and caused the death of an additional 20 million by starting WWII. HAd they not started WWII those Russian soldiers would have carried on with the life they had before the war. Let me remind you that the Germans started the war and invaded Russia (as well as many other countries) where they committed atrocities. Are you a nazi sympathyser?

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-28 07:56

      You're an insensitive person with little real understanding of what these Nazis did.

  • Carina Welman - 2012-05-27 07:42

    May he have an eternity of torture in hell as he deserves. hope he burns slowly.

  • michael.barns.1 - 2012-05-27 08:04

    get over yourselves seriously.... he was 90! Im sure all you people go to church or synagogue and preach forgiveness, but when the time comes you are very quick to condem people, you bunch of hypocrites, really its pathetic. And for your facts of WW2 you really need to look at what the Russians did, they made the Germans look like Mickey Mouse, they were by far the real animals of the war, before and long after!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-27 20:40

      Michael, What is wrong with so many in SA ?? Klaas Faber,was from origion from Holland. For sure, one would not find ONE comment like yours on ANY Dutch website. As a matter of fact, I very much doubt, neither on a German site !! The level of ignorance and HATRED in SA, is beyond believe !!!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-28 07:54

      Until it's your family that gets starved and beaten in concentration camps, gassed to death.

      merven.halo - 2012-07-16 13:30

      Lol, this is funny. This guy murdered people or give instructions to murder people, he is a criminal with no chance of forgiveness, Mandela did the same, he is a national hero!

  • Mayan - 2012-05-27 08:57

    Thank you Heavenly Father that in 2012 You are just about done with blotting out the memory of these original Natzi murderers from under Heaven. May it be Your will Oh God to also blot out any Natzi heritage they might have left to their offspring in our days, forever . . . Please help all Your children, today, to love You truly and to cling to You alone, for without You even the worst atrocities of mankind are by no means beyond us.

      merven.halo - 2012-07-16 13:31

      Nothing happens without God's Will, so Hitler happened because it was God's Will. Otherwise God is not omnipotent and ever present.

      alan.gernet - 2012-07-16 13:39

      @Merven. You have that wrong. What sets humans apart is that God gives us the freedom to make our own choices. That does not mean that evil choices are condoned by God. You either choose to accept God, or you don't. That does not mean that God is not still omnipotent and ever present.

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