Otto Skorzeny

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Otto Skorzeny

Otto Skorzeny 12 June 1908 – 5 July 1975) was an Austrian born officer in the Waffen-SS. During the war, he was involved in a series of commando operations, notably the rescue mission that freed Mussolini.

After the war, Skorzeny was charged with alleged war crimes at the Dachau trials, but was acquitted, with the prosecution unable to prove that Skorzeny had given any orders to fight in Allied uniform. He escaped from an internment camp in 1948, thereafter stated to have resided in countries such as Spain, Ireland, Egypt, and Argentina.

Various claims regarding Skorzeny, both positive and negative, may be problematic, as he became a hero in pro-German propaganda and consequently Allied psychological warfare had a strong interest in depicting him negatively. This may also apply to various postwar claims, such as allegedly becoming a Mossad agent.