Nazi Suspect Dies in Germany : Adolf Storms is Dead at 90

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JournalRight Juris published 06/072010 at 04:29 PM by Beth Shaw

Nazi suspect dies in Germany – Adolf Storms is dead at 90-years-old. The former SS sergeant was Number 4 on the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s list of most-wanted Nazi war crimes suspected. He died in Germany before he was brought to trial.

Storms AdolfAdolf Storms died on June 28, 2010 at his home in Duisburg, Germany. He cause of death is unspecified.

Andreas Brendel, the Dortmund prosecutor had charged Storms in November 2009 with 58 counts of murder alleging that he participated in a massacre of Jewish forced laborers in a forest near the Austrian village of Deutsch Schuetzen. Storms, along with others, are said to have forced at least 57 Jewish laborers to give over their belongings and kneel by a mass grave. They were then shot execution style from behind. The massacre is said to have occurred on March 29, 1945. It is also alleged that the following day Storms shot another Jew who was no longer able to walk during a forced march from Deutsch Schuetzen to Hartberg in Austria.

Testimony against Storms comes from a number of former Hitler Youth who were part of a group ordered to dig the graves for the Jews who were murdered.

Efraim Zuroff of the Simon Wiesenthal Center said that Storms’ death is a ‘classic example’ of the challenges being faced by Nazi hunters like himself today. It is now 60 plus years past the end of World War II and becoming increasingly difficult to bring Nazi War criminals to justice before they die. Zuroff says there is some solace in that he had been caught and was facing trial before he died.

After the war, Storms changed his name and worked as a train station manager until he was discovered by Andreas Foster, a University of Vienna student doing undergraduate research on the wartime massacre. Foster and his professor, Walter Manoschek, tracked down Adolf Storms and helped to bring him to justice.

Storms admitted to being a sergeant in the 5th SS Panzer Division ‘Wiking’, but claimed till the end that he had no memory of the Deutsch Schuetzen massacre.

Adolf Storms is dead at 90. Unfortunately, the Nazi suspect dies in Germany and will never be brought to trial.

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