Daily Israel Report

Dutch Issue Arrest Warrant for Escaped Nazi

Dutch authorities ask Germany to extradite Nazi who faces death sentence.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 11/29/2010, 5:39 AM / Last Update: 11/29/2010, 8:02 AM

Dutch authorities are asking Germany to extradite a former SS volunteer who faces a death sentence in Holland dated 1947, The Irish Times reported on Sunday.

Authorities in The Hague have confirmed that a European arrest warrant for has been issued for Klaas Carel Faber, now 88, who served in a firing squad at the Westerbork transit camp during World War II, the same camp from which Anne Frank and her family were transferred to Auschwitz.

Faber along with his brother Pieter were dubbed by a Dutch court after the war as “two of the worst criminals of the SS”. While Pieter was executed in 1948, Klaas Faber escaped to Germany with in 1952 and settled in the Bavarian city of Ingolstadt.

A German court acquitted Faber of any wrongdoing in 1952, and several Dutch attempts to extradite him since have failed. He received German citizenship in 1952 under a Nazi-era law which granted citizenship to foreign Nazi collaborators.

The latest extradition request is the third one, but while a Bavarian justice official was quoted by The Irish Times as saying the new request would be considered, he added that “as far as I know, there is nothing new”.

Faber is number five on the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s list of wanted Nazis. The center has called on Germany to extradite him due to his being a member of the Sonderkommando Feldmeijer execution squad, which executed members of the Dutch resistance, Nazi opponents and those hiding Jews.

The Sun, a tabloid which claims to have exposed Faber’s whereabouts in July, quoted Dr. Efraim Zuroff, head of the Simon Wiesenthal Center as saying about the arrest warrant for Faber: “It is fantastic news and a hugely significant step. We urge the German authorities to arrest Faber immediately so he can finally serve his well-deserved punishment.”

In August, Bavarian authorities reported that Faber’s case was unlikely to be re-opened, despite a request by Israeli Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman to his German counterpart, Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, asking to see if Faber’s case can be re-examined. A spokesman for the Bavarian justice ministry had said then that there was only a “theoretical” chance of re-opening investigations into the case. The local justice ministry was quoted as saying that “new facts not known until now” would be required in order to re-open the case.

Israeli lawyer David Schonberg was quoted by The Sun on Friday as saying: “Justice needs to be done. We owe it to the victims - heroes of Holland who tried to combat the evils of Nazism.”