Nazi war criminal Heim 'discovered in Spain'

17th October 2005, Comments 0 comments

17 October 2005, TEL AVIV - Spanish police last week located a top Nazi war criminal, based on a sighting by an Israeli citizen, the Israeli Ha'aretz daily reported Sunday.

17 October 2005

TEL AVIV - Spanish police last week located a top Nazi war criminal, based on a sighting by an Israeli citizen, the Israeli Ha'aretz daily reported Sunday.

According to the daily, Aribert Heim, known as "Doctor Death", was discovered in the town of Palafrugell on the Costa Brava, after tips from Germany and the Simon Wiesenthal Centre.

Spanish police said the apprehension of the 91-year-old war criminal was "only a matter of time".

Heim, who did not complete his medical studies, became a member of the S.S. and was camp doctor at Sachsenhausen, Buchenwald and Mathausen concentration camps.

He conducted medical experiments on Jewish prisoners, including surgery without anaesthesia to test their endurance to pain; and injections with poison, lethal drugs and benzene to see how long it would take them to die.

Heim heads the list of wanted criminals the Simon Wiesenthal Center published as part of its "Operation: Last Chance," which encourages the public to divulge information about Nazi war criminals before they die.

Six weeks ago, the Center gave German police a report by an Israeli citizen who met a man in Ibiza with similar physical characteristics to Heim.

"The man told us about an elderly man with a German accent who noticed him when he spoke with a friend in Hebrew in a shop," Doctor Ephraim Zuroff, director of the Weisenthal Center's Jerusalem Branch, said.

"The old man made a remark about it to the shopkeeper and entered his car. The Israeli, who was disturbed by the old man's behaviour, noted the license number, and we gave it to the Germans. The description matched Heim's unusual physical characteristics - 1.90 metres tall, with a prominent scar. Not long ago, we received an answer that the information had been valuable for the investigation. The car, incidentally, was found to have been stolen," Ha'aretz quoted Zuroff as saying.

Heim, who ran a gynaecological clinic in Germany after the war, disappeared in 1962 after German prosecutors planned to request his arrest. He has since hidden in Argentina, Denmark and Spain.

DPA

Subject: German news

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