Ex Nazi SS soldier, 96, faces five years in prison after denying the Holocaust and blaming Hitler’s victims for their own deaths

A FORMER Nazi soldier and convicted war criminal is facing five years in jail after denying that six million Jews died in the Holocaust
Karl Münter, who is now 96, was convicted and originally sentenced to death for his role in the massacre of 86 people in the French village of Ascq, when he was a member of the SS.

Prosecutors in Germany have now reportedly filed charges against him after he made the comments in an interview with German channel ARD last November.
They didn’t name him directly in the charges but it is widely understood they refer to Münter, the New York Post reported.
During the interview he said that the Ascq victims deserved to be shot and that he doesn’t regret participating in the war crimes.
When asked if he had an regrets he said: “No, not at all! Why should I regret it I didn’t fire a shot.”
Münter added: “And the matter of the Jews that is attributed to (Hitler)... be careful.
“There weren't millions of Jews (in Germany) at the time, that's already been disproved. This number - six million - is not correct.”
Denying the Holocaust is a crime under Germany’s Volksverhetzung-  or 'incitement of the masses/'incitement to hatred' - law.
“The accused did not dispute giving the information to journalists but he said he did not know that the interview was recorded and would be later broadcast,” prosecutors from Lower Saxony said in a statement.
“He also did not view his statements as incitement and therefore thought he would not be liable to prosecution.”
Münter faces up to five years in jail for incitement and two years for disparaging the memory of the deceased.
He was a 21-year-old member of the 12 SS Panzer Division "Hitler Youth" when a train carrying some 50 soldiers of the division was derailed by an explosion on April 1, 1944.
As revenge for the act of sabotage by the Resistance, men and boys ranging from ages 15 to 75 were dragged on to the railway tracks, lined up and shot.
Nazis claimed the victims were “terrorists” to justify the slaying.
Münter was sentenced to death in absentia by France in 1949 - long after he returned home - but was pardoned in 1955 as part of the post-WWII reconciliation between France and Germany.
German prosecutors have tried to reopen the case against him for his part in the massacre.
They were forced to drop it last March under the double jeopardy principle because he'd already been convicted and pardoned in France.

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