Nazi war criminal Klaas Carel Faber dies in Germany at the age of 90


Nazi war criminal Klaas Carel Faber dies in Germany.


Andreas Rentz

Dutch-born Nazi war criminal Klaas Carel Faber has died in southern Germany, according to the BBC. He was 90.

Faber, who served in the Nazi SS unit known as Silver Fir, was second on the Simon Wiesenthal Center list of most-wanted Nazi criminals.

He was sentenced to death by a Dutch court in 1947 for the deaths of 22 Jewish people at the Westerbork transit camp, the BBC wrote.

Agence France Presse reported that while awaiting execution he escaped from Breda prison in the western Netherlands in 1952 with six other former SS men to Germany and was given German citizenship.

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

The Associated Press reported Faber's wife, told the Dutch news site de Nieuwe Pers that he died on Thursday.

Faber lived as a free man for decades in Germany despite several attempts to try or extradite him. Germany refused his extradition on the grounds that he was a citizen.