'97-year-old alleged Nazi war criminal found in Germany'

US private investigator locates man who was living out in the open; US Jewish groups are seeking one billion dollars from the accused SS deputy.

December 7, 2010 09:33
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An American investigator recently discovered a 97-year-old suspected Nazi war criminal in Germany, and the nonagenarian was being pursued by the United States Justice Department.

Bernard Frank is accused of being notorious SS leader Heinrich Himmler's deputy during the Third Reich. His apparent past was revealed by an American private investigator, Mark Gold. Gold was reported to have gone undercover as a neo-Nazi and after many conversations, Frank eventually admitted to his dark past.

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Frank, who was apparently able to avoid detection in Germany for over 60 years without changing his name, was accused of signing Nazi orders ordering the "elimination of Jews."

In addition to US Justice Department actions against him, US Holocaust survivor groups are supposedly seeking one billion dollars in damages from the 97-year-old.

On November 24, the Netherlands issued an arrest warrant for a former SS executioner, Klaas Faber, who is living in Germany.

Faber is number three of the Simon Wiesenthal Center's "most wanted Nazi war criminals." The Dutch government requested that Faber be extradited several times, so that he could serve his sentence, which had been commuted to life in prison.

Dr. Efraim Zuroff, the Wiesenthal Center's chief Nazi-hunter said: "Germany's failure hereto to put Faber on trial or return him to Holland are a travesty which must be corrected as quickly as possible, while justice can still be achieved."

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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