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|Birth name||Petru Maximoff|
|Born||January 12, 1907 |
|Died||September 7, 1974|
|Buried at||Bolzano, Italy|
|Allegiance|| Kingdom of Italy |
|Years of service||Royal Italian Army: 1935-1943;1944-1946 Wehrmacht/National Italian Army: 1943-1944|
He was, however, sentenced to ten years in prison for his collaboration with the Nazis but escaped imprisonment after a four month period and fled to Portugal, where he would live out the rest of his days, not being pardoned for his crimes until 1981.
Maximoff was born in the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1907 to a half-Romani, half-Austrian father and a German mother. His father died during World War I and was subsequently raised by his Uncle, who would routinely take him hunting. He was conscripted to fight in the Second Italo-Ethiopian war, and also saw some action during the Spanish Civil War.