Other Notable Deaths


July 23, 2008


Concentration camp chief

Dinko Sakic, the last known living commander of a World War II concentration camp, who had been serving a 20-year sentence for war crimes, died Monday in a hospital in Zagreb, Croatia, officials said.

A former chief of Croatia's infamous Jasenovac camp, he fled Croatia at the end of the war, when the country's pro-Nazi regime was crushed. He had lived in Argentina for decades until 1998, when he was extradited to Croatia for trial.

In 1999, he was sentenced to 20 years in prison for carrying out or condoning the torture and killing of inmates while in charge of Jasenovac in 1944.

Tens of thousands of Serbs, Jews, Gypsies and anti-fascist Croats were killed in Jasenovac, the worst of about 40 camps run by the then-Nazi puppet state in Croatia.


Songwriter, guitarist

Artie Traum, a veteran songwriter and guitarist who came out of the famous Greenwich Village folk music scene, died of cancer Sunday at his home in Woodstock, N.Y., said his manager, Jeff Heiman.

Mr. Traum was born and raised in New York City and played around the Greenwich Village scene of the 1960s along with his brother, Happy Traum.

Artie Traum also recorded a series of solo albums and produced or recorded with some of the biggest names in folk, rock and jazz, including Bela Fleck and Pete Seeger, according to his Web site. He began recording jazz albums in the 1990s.

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