- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 28, 2010

BERLIN (AP) — Former Nazi SS officer Erich Steidtmann, suspected but never convicted of involvement in World War II massacres, has died at age 95, a German newspaper reported Wednesday.

The Sueddeutsche Zeitung said that Mr. Steidtmann died Sunday from a heart attack at his home in Hanover.

Mr. Steidtmann was a captain in the Nazi’s elite SS force who led several battalions that allegedly carried out the mass murder of Jews, and he was long sought by the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

The center expressed its frustration to the Associated Press on Wednesday that Mr. Steidtmann died before he could be prosecuted.

Mr. Steidtmann was investigated several times for his alleged involvement in killings in the Warsaw Ghetto in 1943 and two massacres in the Polish city of Lublin.