In 1943 a law was passed in Germany which gave all foreign Waffen SS members the German nationality by default.
This law still prevents extradition of WWII War criminals to be extradited to their native countries, because these men have the German nationality , and Germany does not extradite it’s own citizens.
These are just 2 examples of Dutch war criminals who received no or very little punishment for the crimes they committed during WWII.
Herbertus Bikker AKA The Butcher of Ommen
Herbertus Bikker was a Dutch war criminal. He was a member of the Waffen-SS. He served as a guard at the concentration Erika near Ommen, in the Netherlands. His brutal treatment of the prisoners earned him his nickname ‘the Butcher of Ommen’
Bikker is the alleged murderer of Dutch resistance fighter Jan Houtman [nl] who was killed, twenty-seven years old, on 17 November 1944.
Following the end of World War II, he was sentenced to death by a Dutch court. he managed to escape from prison in Breda on 26 December 1952 and fled to Germany, crossing the border at Ubbergen near Cleves. He settledd down in the city of Hagen, where he livedundetected until 1995. Following the law from 1943, foreign members of the Waffen-SS automatically received German nationality. Germany does not extradite its own nationals.
Although he was not extradited he was taken to court in Germany, . Bikker’s managed to evade any jail time to claim diminished responsibility due to illness.Following a breakdown and fainting in court, neurologists advised against Bikker standing trial tHE Court was adjourned on 2 February 2004.
Bikker lived in Hagen as a pensioner until his death on 1 November 2008 which was only announced in 2009.
Siert Bruns AKA the Beast of Appingedam.
Siert Bruins was a a member of the Dutch Nazi party NSB. During the war he and his brother both joined the Waffen SS and fought at the eastern front.
Siert got wounded at the front and returned to the Netherlands where he became a member of the SD. He was active around Delfzijl hunting members of the resistance.
He was sentenced to death in absentia by a Dutch court in 1949 for the murder of Dutch farmer and resistance member Aldert Klaas Dijkema. The German government refused to extradite him to the Netherlands. The death sentence was later revised to a life sentence.
In 1978, Bruins was tracked down by Simon Wiesenthal in the German town Altenbreckerfeld. He was arrested and put on trial in Germany, in 1980, where he was found guilty for the murder of two Jewish brothers, Meijer en Lazarus Sleutelberg.He spent 5 years in jail for those murders.
In 2003, the Dutch minister Donner tried to convince the German authorities to send Bruins to the Netherlands, but without success
He went on trial again, in the western city of Hagen in September 2013 for the murder of Aldert Klaas Dijkema, in September 1944 in Appingedam near the German-Dutch border.However, the case was dropped when judges said there was insufficient evidence to proceed, partly because there were no witnesses left alive.
Bruins died on September 28,2015 aged 94.
These were only 2 examples but there are still dozens of so called German citizens who are walking around as free men.
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