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Otto Skorzeny

Nazi officer

Died when: 67 years 23 days (804 months)
Star Sign: Gemini


Otto Skorzeny

Otto Johann Anton Skorzeny (12 June 1908 – 5 July 1975) was a Austrian-born German SS-Obersturmbannführer (lieutenant colonel) in the Waffen-SS during World War II.

During the war, he was involved in a number of operations, including the removal from power of Hungarian Regent Miklós Horthy and the Gran Sasso raid which rescued Benito Mussolini from captivity.

Skorzeny led Operation Greif in which German soldiers infiltrated Allied lines by using their opponents' uniforms, equipment, language and customs.

As a result, he was later, in 1947, charged at the Dachau Military Tribunal with breaching the 1907 Hague Convention, but was acquitted after a former British SOE agent F.

F.E.Yeo-Thomas testified that he and his operatives had been prepared to open fire while wearing German uniforms behind enemy lines.

Skorzeny escaped from an internment camp in 1948, hiding out on a Bavarian farm as well as in Salzburg and Paris before eventually settling in Francoist Spain.

In 1953 he was offered a job as a military advisor to Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser, which he did not take up.

He was an advisor to President Juan Perón.In 1963, Skorzeny was allegedly recruited by the Mossad and conducted operations for the agency.

Skorzeny died of lung cancer on 5 July 1975 in Madrid at the age of 67.

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