Ex-SS man (88) jailed for life
A Dutch national who became an SS assassin has been given a life sentence for the murder of three civilians in Nazi-occupied Holland after he admitted that killing was "easy -- bend a finger. Bang. Dead".
Heinrich Boere (88) was sentenced by a German court for the 1944 murders after defying justice and escaping a Dutch conviction as a Nazi assassin and traitor for over 60 years.
"These were murders that could hardly be outdone in terms of baseness and cowardice -- beyond the respectability of any soldier," said Gerd Nohl, the presiding judge in the court in Aachen.
Boere, who escaped a Dutch prisoner of war camp in 1947 to flee to Germany, showed no emotion from his wheelchair as the verdict was read.
Boere, a Dutch national with a German mother, volunteered in 1943 to join a special Waffen SS unit charged with killing his countrymen in reprisals for resistance attacks. The squad wore civilian clothes and carried out 54 killings. Boere confessed to three carried out in 1944. (© Daily Telegraph, London)