Menten, Pieter

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Menten, Pieter Gender: M
Pieter Nicolaas Menten
born on 26 May 1899 at 13:00 (= 1:00 PM )
Place Rotterdam, Netherlands, 51n55, 4e29
Timezone LST m4e53 (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Astrodienst
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Pieter Menten (waiting for court proceeding in Amsterdam, Mai 1977, Mai 1977)
photo: * Pieter_Menten_sitting_on_a_chair_1977-May-16.jpg: Hans Peters (Anefo) * deriva, license cc-by-sa-3.0


Dutch World War II war criminal, businessman and art collector.

Born into a wealthy Rotterdam family, Menten became interested in Poland through his father's business connections. He soon developed an extensive export trade in Dutch products to Poland. Menten moved to East Galicia in 1923 (then in Poland and later part of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic), where he became a wealthy landowner and businessman. Described as mild-mannered and quiet, he developed a deep grudge against a prominent neighboring Jewish family over a business dispute. Menten travelled back to the Netherlands in 1939, when Russia invaded eastern Poland, and returned in 1941 after the Nazi counter-occupation—this time as a member of the SS. Menten was involved in the massacre of Polish professors in Lviv and robbery of their property. According to witnesses, he helped shoot as many members of the offending family in Galicia as he could find, then turned on other Jews in the are

While travelling in his personal train with his prized art collection, he was recognized by Dutch Resistance fighters. He was brought to trial. His chief defense lawyer was Rad Kortenhorst, President of the Dutch House of Representatives. The controversial trial concluded in 1949, with the prosecution unable to prove most allegations, and Menten was sentenced to an eight-month term for having worked in uniform as a Nazi interpreter. In 1951 the Dutch government refused a Polish request for Menten's extradition.

Menten would go on to become a successful art collector and businessman. His 20-room mansion was filled with valuable art work (Nicolaes Maes, Francisco Goya, Jan Sluyters, etc.) and he held vast areas of real estate.

In 1976, the case was reopened after extensive research of the Dutch-Jewish journalist Hans Knoop (meaning Node, b. 1943 in occupied Naarden). During the trial, Menten's mansion was set ablaze after a survivor of Dachau concentration camp threw a petrol bomb onto its thatched roof. The building suffered extensive damage and some of the art collection was destroyed. In 1980 Menten was sentenced to 10 years in prison and was fined 100,000 guilders for war crimes, including being accessory to the murder of 20 Jewish villagers in 1941 Poland. Upon his release he believed he would settle in his County Waterford mansion in Ireland only to find out Garret FitzGerald, Taoiseach at the time, had barred him from the country. Menten died on 14 November 1987 at a senior's home in Loosdrecht, Netherlands.

Link to German Wikipedia



  • Death, Cause unspecified 14 November 1987 in Loosdrecht
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  • Social : Secrets revealed 2 February 2012 (German Wiki article on Menten awarded)
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Source Notes

SVI retrieved BC from municipal archive of Rotterdam.

Menten, Pieter Nicolaas (1899-1987): KNAW biography


  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Homicide many at once (war criminal)
  • Vocation : Art : Other Art (Art collector / theft)
  • Vocation : Business : Business owner
  • Vocation : Military : Other Military (SS Hauptscharführer, killing and robbing in Poland)
  • Vocation : Politics : Nazi party
  • Notable : Famous : Criminal cases (His case shocked the Dutch Nation and caused a Cabinet cirisis.)