Karl Linnas

Karl Linnas
Born(1919-08-06)August 6, 1919
DiedJuly 2, 1987(1987-07-02) (aged 67)
American (1960–1980)
OccupationNazi war criminal
Criminal statusDeceased
War crimes
Criminal penaltyDeath; commuted to life imprisonment

Karl Linnas (August 6, 1919 – July 2, 1987) was an Estonian who was sentenced to death during the Holocaust trials in Soviet Estonia in 1961–1962. He was later deported from the United States to the Soviet Union in 1987.[1]

Linnas was tried in absentia and sentenced to death by a Soviet court in 1962 on charges that during the German occupation, between 1941 and 1943, he was the commandant of a Nazi concentration camp at Tartu and had personally shot innocent civilians—men, women and children. After Soviet armies forced the Germans out of Estonia, Linnas fought with the German army and was wounded in 1944. Then he stayed in Displaced Persons camps in Germany until emigrating to the U.S. in 1951. He became an American citizen in 1960.[2]

  1. ^ Jerome S. Legge Jr. (2010). "The Karl Linnas Deportation Case, the Office of Special Investigations, and American Ethnic Politics". Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Spring. 24 (1): 26–55. doi:10.1093/hgs/dcq002. ISSN 8756-6583.
  2. ^ Cite error: The named reference :0 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).

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