Former Nazi leader Pablo Simons D’Aerschot (born Paul van Aerschodt in Belgium) died last Thursday in Donostia-San Sebastian. He was 89. Paul van Aerschodt had just turned 18 when he joined Hitler’s army where he earned the nickname ‘The Giant Blond with the Gun’. D’Aerschot was arrested at the end of the Second World War and sentenced to the death penalty by a war crimes tribunal after sending more than 2,500 people to nazi concentration camps. He escaped before the sentence could be carried out.