LOOSDRECHT, Netherlands — Pieter Nicolaas Menten, one of the Netherlands' more notorious Nazi war criminals, died Saturday in a nursing home that he had entered five months ago. He was 88.
Paulus Oostelbos, director of the Beukenhof nursing home, declined to disclose the cause of death.
Menten, a millionaire art collector, was convicted in the killings of dozens of Jews in Podhorece, a village in Poland, while he was serving as a translator with a Nazi SS unit in 1941. He was freed from prison in 1985 on good behavior after serving two-thirds of his 10-year sentence and entered the nursing home in July.
Lived in Mansion
For more than 25 years, Menten and his wife, Meta, lived in obscurity in postwar Holland in a 40-room mansion 20 miles outside Amsterdam. In 1949 he served an eight-month prison term after being convicted of collaborating with the Nazis, and in the early 1950s Poland twice tried unsuccessfully to have him extradited for war crimes.
In 1976, the Amsterdam daily De Telegraaf interviewed Menten and reported that he would be auctioning off some of his artworks. The story was published in Israeli newspapers, where it brought to light accounts of Menten's wartime past.