Former Nazi SS soldier accused of the death of 86 Frenchmen in World War II who said they had slaughtered himself died at the age of 96
- Karl Muenter was convicted of his role in killing 86 people in Ascq, near Lille
- He said they had brought their death to themselves by running & # 39; running away & # 39;
- Muenter also denied that six million Jews died during the Second World War
A former Nazi SS soldier convicted of his role in killing 86 people in World War II died at the age of 96 while being tried for new charges.
Karl Muenter was confronted with new allegations of incitement and discrediting the memory of Nazi victims after he claimed that those who had died under his care had brought their death to themselves by running away & # 39 ;.
He also denied that six million Jews died in the Holocaust during a television interview in 2018.
Karl Muenter died while being tried faced with new allegations of incitement and discrediting the memory of Nazi victims after he said that people who died under his care brought their own death by running away & # 39; ;
Muenter (shown in his SS uniform) was 21 on April 1, 1944, when 86 French people were massacred in the village of Ascq, near Lille
& # 39; I can confirm that he died & # 39; by natural causes, said Christina Pannek, a spokeswoman for the public prosecutor's office in Hildesheim, Lower Saxony.
& # 39; The proceeding against him has therefore been stopped & # 39 ;, she added.
In his first interview about his time in the SS, Muenter said the victims of the horrific massacre deserved to be shot because they tried to run away and disputed that six million Jews were killed in the Holocaust.
& # 39; If I arrest the men, I am responsible for them. And if they run away, I have the right to shoot them, & he said.
But he resolutely claimed that he did not fire his own weapon, but & # 39; Nur dabei & # 39; (present only) at the massacre.
Muenter also admitted that he did not regret his participation in the war crimes. Asked if he was sorry, he replied: & # 39; No, not at all! & # 39;
A reproduction of a photo of coffins after the Ascq massacre in Villeneuve-d & Ascq, Northern France, in 1944 during the Second World War
Muenter also denied that six million Jews died in the Holocaust during a television interview in 2018
& # 39; Why should I regret it? & # 39 ;, he said. & # 39; I did not fire a shot & # 39 ;.
After admitting that he was nostalgic for the Third Reich, he added: & And the issue of the Jews attributed to (Hitler) … be careful. & # 39;
& # 39; There were not even millions of Jews back then (in Germany), that has already been refuted.
& # 39; This number – six million – is incorrect. & # 39;
Muenter was 21 years old and a member of the SS division & # 39; Hitler Youth & # 39; on the night of April 1, 1944, when a train with about 50 soldiers from the division slightly derailed by an explosion in a sabotage by the resistance.
A memorial plaque in Villeneuve-d & Ascq for the massacre on April 2, 1944 by 86 civilians through a regiment of Nazi Germany
Members of the SS on trial for the Ascq massacre in France in August 1949. (From left to right) Rasmussen, Jung, Zinsmeister, Wronna and Lt Walter Hauck
The troops took revenge by shooting 86 men in the nearby village of Ascq, the youngest of whom was 15 years old.
Muenter has already had several run-ins with the courts about his past in the SS.
He was sentenced to death in absence by a French military tribunal in 1949 for his role in the mass murder of Ascq, but was favored in 1955 as part of the Franco-German reconciliation efforts after World War II.
German prosecutors had attempted to reopen the war crime on his home country, but dropped the case against him in March last year because of his earlier conviction in France – according to a legal principle known as double danger.
The original verdict against him was useless because the French statute of restrictions – 20 years – has expired and EU citizens cannot be prosecuted for crimes that they have already been convicted of in another state.
This means that Muenter did not serve a single day in prison for his part in the brutal killings that took place in the village of Ascq, near Lille, on the night of April 1, 1944.
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