Nazi fugitive helped train Syria torturers

Alois BrunnerTHE WORLD’S most-wanted Nazi fugitive, who had a hand in the murder of more than 120,000 Jews, evaded justice by dying a free man in Syria, the group hunting him has revealed.

Alois Brunner, the right hand man to Adolf Eichmann, was responsible for the deportation of 128,500 people to death camps. Investigators at the Simon Wiesenthal Centre have established that he died of natural causes in Damascus at least four years ago, when he would have been 98. The centre’s chief Nazi-hunter said he remained an unrepentant antisemite until his death.

Brunner lived in Damascus for decades under the pseudonym Georg Fischer. Despite certainty in the West as to his true identity, the Syrian government led by Hafez al-Assad, the current dictator’s father, refused repeated requests to extradite him.

He is believed to have worked as a security adviser to Rifaat al-Assad, brother of the former president, and schooled the Syrian regime in the interrogation and torture techniques used by the president to cement his grip on power.

He was twice thought to have been wounded by mail bombs attributed to Mossad, the Israeli secret service, and surrounded himself with security guards at all times.

In his last known interview, in 1987, he told the Chicago Sun-Times that his Jewish victims “deserved to die because they were the devil’s agents and human garbage”. He had “no regrets and would do it again”, he said.

Efraim Zuroff, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre’s chief Nazi hunter, said that the Syrian civil war made it impossible to confirm Brunner’s death, but that there was no doubt in his mind. “I took his name off the list”, Mr Zuroff said.

Born in Austria, Brunner led the Central Office for Jewish Emigration in Vienna from 1939 to 1943.

He had been condemned to death after being found guilty in France in 1954 of crimes against humanity.

The Australian/The Times

  • Patience2

    Another reason to love Bashar.

  • Maborlz Ez-Hari

    I dont think they deserved to die thats a wee little harsh in my opinion, but he is spot on about the devil agents and human garbage comments. However, they should be given the benefit of doubt but restricted from holding office in any position of authority over any peoples. In no way, shape or form should they be in any governments, banking, arms manufacturing, stock exchanges as either members or lobbyists they are usurpers and bribery specialists who will sneakily and cunningly manipulate the masses to achieve their agendas as has been done so all over the world and its as plain as the nose on their faces. These people’s are disliked not because of the shape of their eyes, not because of the color of their skin, not because of their religion but because the Zionists are a parasite on all other forms of human life as displayed by them time and time again.

  • Guest

    Interestingly, the Butcher of Hama 1982 Rifaat Al-Assad freely lives in Europe (London, Paris, Marbella) in rich luxury these days.