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Erich Steidtmann, former captain in Nazi SS; at age 95

Associated Press / July 31, 2010

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BERLIN — A German newspaper says that former Nazi SS officer Erich Steidtmann, suspected but never convicted of involvement in World War II massacres, has died at age 95.

The Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported Wednesday that Mr. Steidtmann died Sunday of a heart attack at his home in Hannover.

Mr. Steidtmann was a captain in the Nazi’s elite SS force who led several battalions that allegedly carried out the mass murder of Jews, and he was long sought by the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

The center expressed its frustration to the Associated Press Wednesday that Mr. Steidtmann died before he could be prosecuted.

Mr. Steidtmann was investigated several times for his alleged involvement in killings at the Warsaw Ghetto in 1943 and in two massacres in the Polish city of Lublin.