Dutch war criminal Heinrich Boere dies in German jail

The 92-year-old Dutch war criminal and SS member Heinrich Boere has died in jail in Germany.

In 2010, Boere was finally jailed for life by a German court for the murder of three Dutch civilians in 1944.

Born in 1921 in Germany to a German mother and Dutch father, Boere and his family moved to Maastricht when he was two years old.

Boere joined the Waffen SS in 1940, shortly after the occupation, and was involved in killing members of the resistance.


After the war he was captured by the Americans and sent to a prison camp in Limburg. He escaped in 1949 and went to his mother’s home in Maastricht where, according to Nos tv, he spent seven years in hiding.

He was tried in his absence and sentenced to death and in 1954 fled to Germany where he lived until his death.

The Netherlands tried several times to have Boere extradited but Germany does not extradite its own nationals. New rules then made his prosecution possible in Germany. A lower court had ruled Boere was too weak to stand trial but this was overturned on appeal.

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