Nazi war criminal Heinz Barth dies in Germany

14th August 2007, Comments 0 comments

BERLIN, Aug 13, 2007 (AFP) - Heinz Barth, a Nazi war criminal convicted for atrocities including the massacre of 642 people in the French village of Ourador, has died, his pastor told AFP Monday.

BERLIN, Aug 13, 2007 (AFP) - Heinz Barth, a Nazi war criminal convicted for atrocities including the massacre of 642 people in the French village of Ourador, has died, his pastor told AFP Monday.

"He is dead. He was 86 years old," said Heinz-Dieter Schmiedkte, the pastor at Gransee, near Berlin, where Barth lived.

"The burial will be in September and I have already declared myself ready to preside over it, as everyone has the right to a burial."

Barth, a former SS lieutenant, was jailed for life by a West German court in 1983 for his part in a number of atrocities during World War II.

They included the notorious massacre at the village of Oradour-sur-Glane, in the south of France.

On June 10, 1944, an SS division shot, drowned or burned alive 647 villagers -- including 247 children -- in a massacre that in France has come to represent the worst of Nazi barbarism.

Earlier in the war, in 1942, Barth served as an officer in a Nazi armoured regiment responsible for the slaughter of 91 people in what was then Czechoslovakia.

After the war, Barth lived under a false identity in West Germany for years before finally being exposed.

In 1997, at the age of 76, he was released from jail on health grounds and because he had publicly expressed his remorse, a decision that provoked an outcry at the time.

AFP

Subject: French news

0 Comments To This Article