Schwammberger Arrives in Germany, Will Be Tried in Stuttgart Court

No date has been set for the trial of accused Nazi war criminal Josef Schwammberger, who was extradited from Argentina on Wednesday.

The 78-year-old former Waffen SS officer, held responsible for the murder of at least 5,000 Jews, landed in Frankfurt from Buenos Aires under escort on Thursday.

He was immediately flown to a prison in Stuttgart, the city where his arrest and extradition were originally requested in 1973.

Schwammberger will be tried in a Stuttgart court, unless he is declared medically unfit.

His extradition ended a three-year legal battle that began in November 1987, when he was arrested in Argentina’s rural Cordoba province.

The former commandant of the Przemysl and Mielec concentration camps in Poland fought extradition. But he was stripped of his Argentine citizenship, and in March the Argentine Supreme Court upheld West Germany’s extradition request.

He was handed over to the German authorities in Buenos Aires on Wednesday.

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