In 1946 he was assigned to the War Crimes Investigation Unit
and on his discharge went up to Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and graduated with a BA degree in 1948.
He is the only person to have faced a full trial after an inquiry by the war crimes investigation unit
set up as a result of the War Crimes Act of 1991.
Mr Willi Dresen, the head of a Nazi war crimes investigation unit
in Ludwigsburg, said the man's name had cropped up in 1959 and 1966 in their files and that he was an ethnic German who was born in the Ukraine and settled in Kazakhstan after the war.