Herberts Cukurs, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Herberts Cukurs

Aviator, Latvian Holocaust perpetrator

Date of Birth: 17-May-1900

Place of Birth: Liepāja, Latvia

Date of Death: 23-Feb-1965

Profession: military personnel, journalist, aircraft pilot

Nationality: Latvia

Zodiac Sign: Taurus

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About Herberts Cukurs

  • Herberts Cukurs (17 May 1900 in Liepaja, Russian Empire – 23 February 1965 in Shangrilá, Uruguay) was a Latvian aviator.
  • He was a member of the Arajs Kommando, which was involved in the mass murder of Latvian Jews as part of the Holocaust.
  • He never stood trial, though there are eyewitness accounts linking Cukurs to war crimes.
  • He was assassinated by operatives of the Israeli intelligence service (Mossad) in 1965. The Mossad agent "Künzle", who killed Cukurs, and the journalist Gad Shimron wrote a book, The Execution of the Hangman of Riga in which they called Cukurs the "Butcher of Riga", and the term was later picked up by several sources.

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