Nazi Hunters Pursue ‘Dr. Death’ in Chile
Filed Under: World | Posted: 07/09/2008 at 12:58PM
Comments | Region: Chile
Posted by FindingDulcinea Staff
Nazi hunter Efraim Zuroff has chased reputed Nazi war criminal Aribert Heim to Chile in an attempt to bring him to justice for past crimes.
Aribert Heim, known as Dr. Death, tops the charts of The Simon Wiesenthal Center’s list of “Most Wanted Nazi War Criminals.” He would now be 94 years old.
Holocaust survivors say that Heim tested the limits of a human pain by removing subjects’ body parts and carrying out operations without anesthetics. At the Mauthausen concentration camp, he allegedly preferred injecting “petrol, water or poison” into the hearts of the victims.
“He tortured many inmates before he killed them at Mauthausen, and he used body parts of the people he killed as decorations,” Zuroff said.
Zuroff, the director of The Simon Wiesenthal Center, said Heim is most likely living in Chile, where his daughter lives, or in Argentina. A German bank still holds just less than $2 million in Heim’s name, unclaimed by his family, substantiating the notion that he is still alive.
Zuroff has been trying to bring Nazi war criminals to justice under Operation Last Chance, and he has faced opposition along the way. In June, he charged Austria with shielding Milivoj Asner, who ranks fourth on the center’s list. In February, German courts denied Denmark’s request to extradite former Nazi SS officer Søren Kam.
John Demjanjuk, accused of being “Ivan the Terrible,” has been extradited numerous times, even though at one point a U.S. court said he was not Ivan the Terrible but a different war criminal.
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