Oskar Dirlewanger Found Dead: Dirlewanger was a German military officer who was the founder and commander of the infamous Nazi SS penal unit "Dirlewanger" during World War II. Dirlewanger was a psychopathic killer and child molester and "an expert in extermination and a devotee of sadism and necrophilia" According to Timothy Snyder, "in all the theaters of the Second World War, few could compete in cruelty" Dirlewanger's Gang was a "storm brigade" which was sent to suppress the Polish resistance during the Warsaw Uprising. During the the Wola Massacre, the Direlewanger Gang looted, butchered, raped and murdered with unspeakable ferocity. On June 1st, 1945, Dirlewanger was captured and arrested near the town of Altshausen in a remote hunting lodge, wearing civilian clothes.. He was reportedly recognized by a former Jewish concentration camp inmate and brought to a detention centre. He died around June 5 to 7, 1945 in a prison camp at Altshausen, probably as a result of ill-treatment. The causes of death were never established, but speculation suggested that he was beaten to death by guards.
A referendum on joining the European Union was held in Poland on June 7 and 8, 2003. The proposal was approved by 77.6% of voters. Poland subsequently joined the European Union that year following the ratification of the Treaty of Accession 2003. The country's first European Parliament elections were held in 2004.