Nazi war criminal dies

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HEINZ Barth, a Nazi war criminal convicted for atrocities including the massacre of 642 people in the French village of Ourador, has died, his pastor said overnight.

"He is dead. He was 86 years old,'' said Heinz-Dieter Schmiedkte, the pastor at Gransee, near Berlin, where Barth lived.

"The burial will be in September and I have already declared myself ready to preside over it, as everyone has the right to a burial.''

Barth, a former SS lieutenant, was jailed for life by a West German court in 1983 for his part in a number of atrocities during World War II.

They included the notorious massacre at the village of Oradour-sur-Glane, in the south of France.

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