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Former Nazi Thies Christophersen dies

February 15, 1997

KIEL, Germany (AP) _ Thies Christophersen, a former Nazi who published magazines and books denying the Holocaust ever happened, has died in northern Germany, police said Saturday.

Christophersen, 79, had been sought for a decade before he was arrested last month. He was released because he was suffering from advanced kidney cancer and was too sick to be jailed.

Christophersen died at a home for the elderly in Kiel on Thursday, said a police spokesman, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Christophersen was an SS officer and a guard at the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland. He published the pamphlet ``The Farming Community,″ extolling ``The Auschwitz Lie,″ which denies Germany exterminated millions of Jews during World War II.

Christophersen went to Denmark to avoid charges in Germany of incitement to violence and racial hatred in 1986. Denmark turned down Germany’s requests to extradite Christophersen because he held a Danish residency permit.

But in 1994, protesters forced him out of Denmark. He surfaced in Switzerland in 1995 but was ordered to leave the country.

He is survived by a son.