Nazi War Crimes Suspect Dies

Accused Nazi war criminal Peter Egner, suspected of helping commit genocide as a transport guard for mobile gas chambers and Auschwitz-bound death trains during World War Two, has died before he could be brought to trial in the US.

Egner, 88 was listed by the Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles as the most wanted Nazi war criminal still known to be residing in the United States.

Egner was typical of many mid-level and low-level Nazi operatives who were actively involved in the mass-murder process, many of whom remain alive around the world. According to the centre, the chance of bringing them to justice is not very high as there are very few countries seeking to out Nazi war criminals.

An ethnic German born in Yugoslavia, Egner entered the United States in 1960 and became a citizen in 1966. Serbia issued an international arrest warrant for him in April last year and formally requested his extradition in November.

Egner had admitted he belonged to a despised Nazi-run security unit but denied he committed war crimes.

The U.S. Justice Department had asked the federal court to revoke his U.S. citizenship based on evidence of his role in a Nazi mobile execution unit that participated in the mass murder of more than 17,000 Serb civilians, mainly Jews, Roma and political opponents, between 1941 and 1943. He was accused of concealing his Nazi past when he applied for U.S. immigration and naturalization.

A proceeding to consider whether to revoke his citizenship was set to begin on February 22 at U.S. District Court in Seattle.

Court documents say Egner has admitted to volunteering to serve in the Nazi-controlled secret police in German-occupied Serbia and to guarding prisoners as they were sent by his unit from the Semlin concentration camp near Belgrade to an execution and mass-burial site about 10 miles away in Avala.

According to court records, Egner’s unit took part in executing over 11,000 individuals, mostly Serbian Jewish men, in the fall of 1941.

The same unit murdered some 6,200 Jewish women and children who had been rounded up and were gassed to death while being transported in a specially equipped van that made daily trips in the spring of 1942 from Semlin to Avala.

Egner has stated that he guarded four transports of prisoners in all, including one that ran to the Auschwitz death camp in Poland.

IWCR believes that there should be no statute of limitation, or regard to age when considering the prosecution of war crimes suspects.

Everyone guilty of such crimes, regardless of their circumstances, should be brought to justice.

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  2. Raimo says:

    The Swedish government was responsible for the most iron ore the Nazis received. Kiruna-Gällivare ore fields in Northern Sweden were all important to Nazi Germany.

    These massive deliveries of iron ore and military facilities from Sweden to Nazi Germany lengthened World War II. Casualties of the war have been estimated at 20 million killed in Europe. How many of them died due to Sweden’s material support to Nazi Germany, is not known.

    The Swedish drinking toast (skal) has a rather macabre background; it originally meant ‘skull’. The word has come down from a custom practiced by the warlike and terrorist Vikings who used the dried-out skulls of their enemies as drinking mugs, with the evident advantage that the mug held a large quantity of mead and could be easily replaced.

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  3. At the time of his arrest in Hamburg in 1945, Joachim von Ribbentrop presented the arresting officers with a letter addressed to Vincent Churchill containing the Last Political Will and Testament of Adolf Hitler.

    – Hitlers secretary Traudl Junge only typed three copies of Hitlers last political will and testament.
    – The last political will and testament of Adolf Hitler in the possession of Joachim Von Ribbentrop is never mentioned by Traudl Junge.
    – The “Vincent Churchill” letter and Hitlers testament is forwarded to Winston Churchill in 1945 and then on to Stalin and the US President.
    – Stalin complains that the Russians have failed to capture Adolf Hitler.
    – Winston Churchill requests an inquiry into the last days of Adolf Hitler to establish whether or not Hitler escaped.
    – Hugh Trevor-Roper is appointed on behalf of the British government to write a report on the last days of Adolf Hitler.
    – The report prepared by Hugh Trevor- Roper never mentions a letter addressed to Vincent Churchill containing the last political will and testament of Adolf Hitler even though the British government of 1945 is aware of Ribbentrops copy.
    – Hugh Trevor-Roper is widely praised for his research work and accordingly embraced by the British Establishment.
    – Joachim Von Ribbentrop faints as the indictments are read out at the Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal.
    – Joachim Von Ribbentrop is never questioned during the tribunal about the Vincent Churchill letter and the last political will of Adolf Hitler. He is later hanged.
    – The relationship between Russia and the West turns cold. In years to come the Russians remain very sceptical about the circumstances surrounding the end of the Second World War and the possible escape of the Nazi leadership. The Russians are also very interested in Rudolf Hess at the Spandau prison.

    Has there been a cover-up in London?

    Something smells rotten in London. But lets face it…… It´s not as if no-one has been complaining about the quality of British investigations…. (There has been Mr. Al Fayed, Mr John Ward – father of Julie and Dr. Jim Swires just to mention a few).

    Please post comments on this blog if you have anything to add on whether there has been a cover-up in London of historic proportions.

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