Ex-Nazi, 90, Starts Life Sentence
Heinrich Boere killed 3 people as SS member in 1944
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Dec 15, 2011 5:03 PM CST
Former member of Hitler's Waffen SS Heinrich Boere, left, sits next to lawyer Gordon Christiansen during his trial in the courtroom of the court in Aachen, Germany, March 23, 2010.   (AP Photo/dapd/Hermann J. Knippertz)

(Newser) – A 90-year-old former member of the Nazi SS is heading to prison for murder—67 years later. An ambulance picked up the wheelchair-bound Heinrich Boere at his nursing home in Germany and carried him to a prison hospital, the BBC reports. A medical expert ruled him fit to serve his term for the killing of three Dutch people in 1944. He has admitted to the killings, saying he was following orders and would otherwise have faced a concentration camp. An appeal of his sentence was rejected.

"At no time in 1944 did I act with the feeling that I was committing a crime," he said in court; now, he says he feels differently. But the judge called the killings "totally random." The half-German, half-Dutch Boere was initially convicted of the killings in 1949 in Amsterdam, but he wasn't extradited. Decades later, a German court rejected the conviction because Boere hadn't been at the trial. He was finally indicted in Germany in 2008 and sentenced last year.

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Rational.-Anarchist
Dec 17, 2011 9:57 PM CST
Life in prison? let's see, that will probably be about oh, 30 minutes or so. Not much point in it now that he is nearly dead anyway.
crazy_baldheads
Dec 16, 2011 5:45 PM CST
depressing that he got to enjoy a full life
BCS
Dec 16, 2011 12:27 PM CST
It was war it's almost 3 quarters of a century later, let the guy die in the nursing home. Not far from a prison anyway is it. No one wants to see American troops or pilots get thrown in prison for what we term collateral damage, when kids and innocents die. I'm sure this guy is not even the same person anymore. 90 really, i would imagine over 90% of people would do the same thing if it meant having to go to a concentration camp for not doing it. He regrets it, it was war, he would have been killed for not following orders. Let him be, he'll be gone soon. The time came and went for punishment. hind sight is 20/20 but none of us where there