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Bomb Damages Grave of Suspected Nazi War Criminal

September 18, 1986

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) _ A bomb exploded Wednesday in a suburban cemetery for German immigrants, damaging the tomb of a suspected Nazi war criminal who claimed to have moved to Argentina from Spain.

Police said the explosion damaged the cement cover and the top of the coffin containing the remains of a man identified as Pedro Olmo. His remains were not harmed, police said.

The man Argentina in 1947 with Spanish identity documents and died of a heart attack on Aug. 30 while under arrest on a West German extradition request.

The West German government said Olmo really was Walter Kutschmann, a 72- year-old former lieutenant in the Nazi SS accused in the execution of more than 1,500 Jews in Poland during World War II.

Police said the bomb was placed atop the grave by between five and seven unidentified men who entered the German Evangelical Garden Cemetery in the northwestern suburb of Pablo Nogues early Wednesday morning.

Several automobile tires also were burned atop the grave, police said.

No one immediately claimed responsibility.

Although he steadfastly maintained he was Olmo, the suspect was buried in the German cemetery, apparently at the request of the widow, Geraldina Beaumlen Olmo, who registered her husband’s name in cemetery records as Pedro Olmo.

The suspect, who had a German accent, was arrested last Nov. 13 by federal police acting on the extradition request.

The request said Kutschmann was wanted for trial before a Berlin court, but a decision on extradition had not been made when he died.