Nazi Hitman Goes on Trial

88-year-old who killed Dutch civilians faces German court
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 28, 2009 2:59 AM CDT
Nazi Hitman Goes on Trial
Teun de Groot displays photos of his father and his family at his home in the Netherlands. Boere has admitted murdering de Groot's father in 1944.   (AP Photo/ Fred Ernst)

(Newser) – A Dutch Nazi collaborator who killed his countrymen in reprisals for anti-German actions has gone on trial in Germany. Heinrich Boere, 88, has admitted gunning down three civilians as part of a Waffen SS death squad. He fled to Germany after the war and dodged extradition attempts for years. Prosecutors took a renewed interest in the case after Boere boasted to a documentary filmmaker: "I don't feel guilty. That's why I have always made sure they couldn't catch me."

The son of one of Boere's victims, a bicycle shop owner killed in 1944, told AP. "I don't think he can get out of it in any way now. I would be disappointed if he got less than life. When you owe a debt, it grows with time. He should actually have to pay interest."
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