Nazi Hitman Goes on Trial
88-year-old who killed Dutch civilians faces German court
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 28, 2009 2:59 AM CDT
Teun de Groot displays photos of his father and his family at his home in the Netherlands. Boere has admitted murdering de Groot's father in 1944.   (AP Photo/ Fred Ernst)
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(Newser) – A Dutch Nazi collaborator who killed his countrymen in reprisals for anti-German actions has gone on trial in Germany. Heinrich Boere, 88, has admitted gunning down three civilians as part of a Waffen SS death squad. He fled to Germany after the war and dodged extradition attempts for years. Prosecutors took a renewed interest in the case after Boere boasted to a documentary filmmaker: "I don't feel guilty. That's why I have always made sure they couldn't catch me."

The son of one of Boere's victims, a bicycle shop owner killed in 1944, told AP. "I don't think he can get out of it in any way now. I would be disappointed if he got less than life. When you owe a debt, it grows with time. He should actually have to pay interest."