JERUSALEM (JWN and agencies)—Nazi war criminal Klaas Faber, a Dutch native who joined the SS and was sentenced to death by the Netherlands for murdering 22 people, died in a Bavarian hospital over the weekend aged 90.
Faber escaped from prison while awaiting execution and fled to Germany in 1952, where his SS service had gained him German citizenship. A German court dismissed the charges against him in 1957 for lack of evidence and Bavarian authorities refused Dutch efforts to extradite him.
A member of the Nazi SS Silver Fir unit, Faber was sentenced to death by the Netherlands in 1947. He was number two on Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal’s most wanted Nazi war criminals list.
Faber worked at the Westerbork transit camp in the Netherlands, where his unit murdered “anti-German” Dutch citizens during the German occupation.
Among his victims were Casper and Betsy Ten Boom of Amsterdam, who were honored by Yad Vashem as Righteous Among the Nations for their part in saving the lives of some 800 Jews.