«Butcher of Genoa» dies.

// Friedrich Engel, the Butcher of Genoa dies


Friedrich Engel, a former Nazi SS officer known as the Butcher of Genoa, has died at the age of 97.

He was buried in a private ceremony in the German city of Hamburg (where he lived since the World War 2) last week, according to the prosecutor's office.

Engel earned his butcher nickname for his alleged part in the wartime (May 19, 1944) massacre of 59 Italian prisoners inside the Marassi prision in the city of Genoa.

In 2002 a Hamburg court found him guilty of murder, but the ruling was overturned by a higher court which cited insufficient evidence.

February 14, 2006