• Jul 8, 2010
He may look like a harmless old man now, but according to The Sun, to suggest that Klaus Carel Faber has some skeletons in his closet would be a gross understatement. During the Second World War, Faber volunteer for the SS and acted as a Gestapo executioner in the same Dutch concentration camp that held diary author Anne Frank prior to her deportation to Auschwitz.

Following the war he was convicted on 22 counts of murder, and though the actual death toll was estimated much higher, his death sentence was commuted to life imprisonment. Five years later, he and six other war criminals escaped prison in Holland and made their way to Germany. Faber was given a hero's welcome and went on to work for Audi, driving a Volkswagen Golf and living out his life in peace in the seat of the company's headquarters in Ingolstadt.

The fifth most wanted Nazi war criminal, Faber apparently remains protected by the only law enacted by Adolf Hitler still on the books. Under the "Fuhrer's Law", he was naturalized a German citizen as a foreign volunteer for the SS, and subsequently remains immune to extradition under German law. Unbelievably, rather than prosecute him locally for his heinous crimes, German prosecutors classified Faber's genocide as manslaughter, for which the statute of limitations – unlike murder, for which there isn't one – has long since expired.

[Source: The Sun via USA Today]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      We should forgive all the killers, pedophiles and rapists of the world, as long as they say "i'm sorry"
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, lucky for him Audi had an open executioner position.
      • 4 Years Ago
      There exists a world beyond sight and sound, welcome to ----reality! I agree, it has little to do with our automotive passion, but counter that it has everything to do with being human, which paradoxically has everything to do with being human. What a tragedy that this man has excaped justice for his crimes in this world, at this point God alone will be his judge.
        • 4 Years Ago
        NOot unless lindros2 gets to him first
      • 4 Years Ago
      now if the sun reports it... it must be true.

      wasn't it ernest hemingway, who killed even more people for fun? but for Americans, there seem to be no boarders, even in moral.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Read your history; Hitler got the idea from Henry Ford and in fact gave him a medal.

      Ford? No thanks.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "stupid jews"?

      Okay, it was stupid of them to be systematically murdered through an elaborate industrial process that had a mind-numbingly complex logistical system.

      Yeah.

      Oh, and Autoblog, please remove this story from the site. I don't see this as having much of anything to really do with automotive news.

      In fact, this sort of story brings crazies like dracon_425 out of their parents' basements to clog up the interwebs with their rabid ravings.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed, what does this have to do with Autoblog?

        I really don't care that this poor guy has gotten the merciful side of justice and managed to turn his life around from the horror that I am certain he still dreams about. Leave him alone.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Europe? Inst that some old 80's Rock Band that's in Holland, Denmark? They all suck over there
        • 4 Years Ago
        Europe? Isn't that some old 80's Rock Band that's in Holland, Denmark? They all suck over there
        • 4 Years Ago
        @naturalyshocked

        "because you stupid american's don't even know what happens next door."

        Right off the bat you have labeled yourself as a Eurotrash jerk (no offense to the other 99.999% of Europeans who are not Eurotrash jerks).

        "Next door" to the US are Canada, Mexico, and two very large oceans. Please forgive the 14 people in North Dakota who don't know that the EU does, in fact, not have a single "capital city".

        Did you know that the EU does, in fact not have a single "capital city"? Some would argue it is Brussels, but the ministries are spread out.

        "American == ignorand."

        Well, guess what? The US is huge, and it is one country. Europe is a collection of many countries in a smaller area. Of course we don't have several major languages, a massive rail system, and multiple currencies (the Euro is not the ubermoney everyone thinks it is, not just yet).

        Operation Overlord was a big deal, but so were Stalingrad and Kursk. Not all Americans are uneducated about world history. I have enormous respect for the Soviet armies that fought heroically to push back the Wehrmacht. June 22, 1941 was the day the war in Europe officially ended - it just took 4 more years for Germany to get the memo.

        Please get off your high horse and quit the America-bashing, which seems to be all the rage these days. A whole lot of Europeans were complicit in the Holocaust, so hardly anyone is completely blameless.

        P.S. I hope the Netherlands beats Spain
        • 4 Years Ago
        @naturalyshocked
        Do they have spell check in Europe...... because you need it, badly.

        "the batle of Normandy claimed something between 300.000 and 450,000 live.
        many of witch americans that ran into machine gun fire on a open beach."

        You also need a history lesson because there were about 160000 allied troops in D-Day and around 4,500 of them were killed. So where do the other 295,500 to 445,550 lives come from?

        Please don't bash Americans for being ignorant when you are yourself.


        • 4 Years Ago
        @naturalyshocked Your an idiot.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If reporting on Toyota's CEO for crying too much qualifies as news, then why wouldn't this?
      • 4 Years Ago
      The former PM of Israel (Sharon) was also a convicted war criminal, guilty for his part in a massacre,

      • 4 Years Ago
      So he drove a VW Golf......... How interesting! ....
        • 4 Years Ago
        My grandpa drove a VW Fox. No one cares.If the writer was German, it could be considered a literary device, meaning 'he went un-noticed' or 'he was just like everyone else'. The writer isn't German.
      • 4 Years Ago
      While I don't think anyone would disagree with that being a fitting punishment, I think we can all agree that violence only begets violence and that the innocents should never be punished for someone's crimes. That being said, a large swastika tattoo on his forehead would be nice. In fact it should be mandatory.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Even if he is put in jail, how much of his sentence will he serve at this age?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, we are now using "The Sun" as a reliable news source?

      Must be pretty slow in the Automotive world today.....
        • 4 Years Ago
        I thought the Sun was always made up news?
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