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Sun Jan 27, 2013, 02:32 PM

War Crimes: How Nazis Escaped Justice in South America

War Crimes: How Nazis Escaped Justice in South America
By Felix Bohr
January 24, 2013 – 05:22 PM

All it took was a transposed number -- 1974 instead of 1947 -- for Gustav Wagner to be allowed to stay in Brazil. It was a mere slip of the pen by the man who had translated the German document into Portuguese that prompted Brazil's supreme court to deny West Germany's request to extradite the former SS officer. And yet Wagner stood accused of complicity in the murders of 152,000 Jews at the Sobibor extermination camp in German-occupied Poland.

Josef Mengele, the notorious concentration camp doctor at Auschwitz, also benefited from mistakes and delays because French officials with Interpol, the international police force then headquartered in Paris, refused to conduct international searches for Nazi war criminals. And, in the case of SS Colonel Walther Rauff, who helped developed mobile gas chambers used to kill Jews, it was an official with the German Foreign Ministry who sabotaged his own government's extradition request to Chile for 14 months.

As a result of these breakdowns, all three of these Nazi thugs were never tried in German courts after the war. Wagner, the "beast" of Sobibor, died in São Paulo, Mengele drowned in Brazil, and Rauff died of a heart attack in Chile. Of the hundreds of guilty Nazi officials and mass murderers who had fled to South America after the surrender of Nazi Germany, only a handful of them were ever held to account.

How could so many criminals manage to go unpunished, even though they were clearly guilty? It's a conundrum that mystifies academics to this day. Was it because of the lack of cooperation by West German officials? The lack of interest on the part of South America regimes? Were there even secret ties and collaboration between Nazis on both sides of the Atlantic?

More:
http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/new-book-explores-how-so-many-nazis-escaped-justice-in-south-america-a-879101.html

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 06:05 PM

1. MONEY MAKES THE WORLD GO ROUND

 

These guys got lost in third world countries which supported these bad guys. These bad guys just melted into the countries they picked. There was no world wide effort to track down these people.

I believe today this same thing could happen if bad people want to run away.......

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Response to ROBROX (Reply #1)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 07:57 PM

2. I agree. Has anyone heard from Dubya or Cheney lately?

 

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