Helmut Oblender, the only Nazi against whom legal proceedings were still pending in Canada over the war crimes of the Third Reich, died at the age of 97 just before he was due to be deported from the country, the Canadian media reported on Wednesday.
Since a police investigation was opened against him three decades ago, Canadian authorities have been trying to deport him from the country in light of the suspicion that by virtue of being an interpreter during World War II, he has taken part in the atrocities perpetrated by the Nazis.
According to the immigration authorities in the country, he was an interpreter who was a member of the "Einsatzgruppen" units, whose job was to advance behind the combat units and in fact make sure that there were no ideological elements left in the occupied territories who opposed the Nazis.
According to the suspect, Oberlander, who was born in Ukraine, hid his past before emigrating to Canada in the mid-1950s.
Following the revelations about his past, the authorities tried several times to revoke his Canadian citizenship, but he appealed and claimed to have been forcibly drafted into the ranks of the Nazi forces.
Only in the last two years has this move been completed after the Supreme Court of Canada refused to hear his appeal, and as stated, the deportation went on to move to practical stages.
He died at the age of 97 on Monday, according to the Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail, when the proceedings leading up to his deportation were almost complete.