Eval Mikson, Sought By Nazi-Hunters, Dies in Iceland
REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) _ Eval Mikson, an Estonian sought by Israelis as a suspected Nazi war criminal, has died in Iceland, news reports said. He was 82.
Mikson died Monday at St. Joseph’s Hospital in a suburb of Reykjavik, the Icelandic capital, the reports said. He had lived in Iceland in 1946.
Israeli legislators and Nazi-hunters had been seeking his prosecution or extradition to stand trial for alleged crimes against Jews and non-Jews in Estonia during World War II.
Mikson, as a police commander in Estonia, allegedly led vigilante squads against Jews and Communists during the Nazis’ invasion of the Soviet Union.
He was suspected of killing 30 people and being involved in the killings of 150 others. Mikson denied the accusations.
After moving to Iceland, he changed his name to Edvald Hindriksson, married an Icelandic woman, worked as a physical therapist and soccer and basketball coach and operated a sauna.
He is survived by his three children.
There was no word on funeral arrangements or cause of death.