Former SS officer on trial for Holocaust denial, hate speech

Karl Munter, 96, a former SS war criminal who served under the commander who ordered the massacre in Ascq on Apr. 1-2, 1944, is being prosecuted.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
July 25, 2019 05:31
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Former Nazi SS war criminal Karl Munter interviewed on German TV.

Former Nazi SS war criminal Karl Munter interviewed on German TV. . (photo credit: screenshot)

A former SS soldier might spend his 100th birthday in jail if he is convicted of Holocaust denial and hate speech, according to a report published this week by Algemeiner.

Karl Munter, 96, a former SS war criminal who served under the commander who ordered the massacre in Ascq on Apr. 1-2, 1944, is being prosecuted for remarks he made to journalists from the German network ARD in which he claimed that less than 6 million Jews were murdered in the Holocaust and that the SS murdering French civilians was justified.
 
According to Algemeiner, Munter made the comments to undercover journalists on camera in November 2018. He was at a meeting of neo-Nazis. 


Munter told reporters that 6 million Jews could not have been murdered because “there weren’t that many Jews in our country!”


When ARD asked him if he regretted the murder of 86 French civilians in the village of Ascq in 1944, he answered that the victims have “brought their fate on themselves.”


Munter and his commander, Obersturmführer Walter Hauck, were sentenced to death after the war by the French military court but were later pardoned.


Since the war, according to Algemeiner, Munter has continued his neo-Nazi activities. 


If convicted, Munter would serve a maximum sentence of five years.





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