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Daily Archives: November 10th, 2009

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Heinrich Boere, a former member of Hitler’s SS, at his trial in Aachen, Germany

As a sprightly middle-aged man in the 1950s, Heinrich Boere dug for coal in the rich deposits surrounding the West German town of Eschweiler

Now age 88 and reliant on a wheelchair, he’s having to revisit even darker depths that were reached during his lifetime. In what is likely to be one of Germany’s last Nazi war crimes prosecutions, Boere is finally standing trial in the German city of Aachen for the murders of three Dutch civilians in 1944, when Boere was part of a Nazi death squad.