TORONTO (May. 24)
Helmut Rauca, the 74-year-old former gestapo officer, who two weeks ago gave up his legal battle to prevent deportation to West Germany to face war crimes charges, arrived in Frankfurt Saturday under extradition orders, Canadian federal officials reported today.
Accompanied by two West German officials and a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer, Rauca traveled on a scheduled Lufthansa plane. He is expected to be tried on charges of killing more than 11,000 Jews in Nazi-occupied Lithuania in 1941. He is the first war criminal to be deported from Canada.
Rauca, who became a Canadian citizen in 1956, was arrested here June 17, 1982, at the request of the West German government. He was in jail here from the date of his arrest until he was placed aboard the plane Saturday, refusing bail.