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Saturday 17 November 2018

Nazi criminal mansion goes on sale at €3m

THE former country house of a Nazi war criminal is on sale in Ireland for €3m.

Peter Menten bought Comeragh house and estate in Kilmacthomas, Co Waterford in 1964.

A decade later, locals were shocked by media reports that he was a Nazi war criminal who had evaded justice.

Menten was arrested in Holland and tried for involvement in in the mass killing of Polish Jews in an unoccupied Ukrainian village in 1941.



Hidden

During the trial, he claimed to have been the victim of mistaken identity and said that passports he had hidden in the wall of of his Irish estate could prove his innocence.

His plea was rejected and he was jailed for 15 years.

During his imprisonment, the house was damaged by arsonists and was also raided by a gang of presumed art thieves.

However Menten's art collection, allegedly looted during the war, had been removed to the Continent.

After his early release from jail, there was concern that he would return to Ireland but in 1985, then Minister for Justice Michael Noonan issued a barring order preventing his return.

When Menten died aged 89 in 1987, his widow decided to sell the estate and it was taken over by an English couple 21 years ago.

They bought the house, near the village of Lemybrien in unspoilt Co Waterford countryside and fully restored it.

The estate includes 47 acres of formal gardens and park land and large areas of mature woodland.

The English owners are now selling the 5,000 sq ft house on 100 acres by private treaty through joint agents Knight Frank and William Montogomery.

mlavery@herald.ie

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