Convicted Nazi Collaborator Dies
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) _ A Nazi collaborator who escaped from prison while serving a life sentence for persecuting and torturing Jews in the Netherlands during World War II has died in northern Spain. He was 80.
Auke Bert Pattist died Wednesday in Oviedo, the Netherlands Institute for War Documentation confirmed Monday. He apparently died unexpectedly while recovering from hip surgery, according to a Spanish news report. Funeral services were held Sunday at the San Juan el Real Church in Oviedo.
A special court in Assen, about 100 miles northeast of Amsterdam, convicted Pattist of treason for assisting the Nazis during their occupation of the Netherlands, helping track down Jews in hiding, and torture.
After his trial in 1948 he fled from a Dutch prison, having served only sixth months of his sentence and went underground in France.
Oviedo’s La Nueva Espana newspaper reported that Pattist had lived since 1956 in the northern Spanish city, where he married a Spanish woman, Cheche Sanchez Bravo. They had five children. The newspaper said his past was discovered in 1978 by a German who had gone searching for him, and his whereabouts were made known to the Simon Weisenthal Center.
He was arrested a year later but spent only 12 days in custody until he was released on orders of the National Court in Madrid.
The son of two collaborators, Pattist joined the Nazi SS storm-troopers in October 1943 and was an active member of Amsterdam’s Police Battalion, renowned for its persecution of Jews in the Dutch capital.