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Tue Feb 12, 2019, 05:56 PM

Brazilian Foreign Affairs Minister's Father Barred Nazi Officer's Deportation

Brazilian Foreign Affairs Minister's Father Barred Nazi Officer's Deportation
In 1978, the then Attorney General Henrique Ara˙jo denied requests from three different countries to bring fugitive Gustav Wagner to trial

Feb.12.2019 1:07PM

Paula Sperb

In 1978, Former Attorney General Henrique Fonseca Ara˙jo, father of current Foreign Affairs Minister Ernesto Ara˙jo, actively avoided extraditing Gustav Franz Wagner, a Nazi officer responsible for 250,000 deaths between 1942 and 1943, and who was living in Brazil during the military dictatorship.

After being asked for comment repeatedly by Folha, Ernesto Ara˙jo announced on Monday he would release a written statement on a later date. His father died in 1996.

Wagner was the deputy commander at the concentration camp in Sobibor, Poland. The sickening smell of burnt bodies was the prisoner's first impression when they arrived at the camp.

Cannibalism was typical because the Nazi soldiers offered human remains for the prisoners to eat. They also witnessed atrocious acts like a baby shot with a machine gun on his mother's lap. Sobibor survivor Esther Raab, whose story is recorded at the Holocaust Museum in the United States, described the scene.


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Images of Sobibor, some very graphic:

Gustav Franz Wagner SS officer, protected by fascist Brazilians.

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