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Wednesday, July 9th 2008

Wisenthal Center Tries To Flush Aribert Heim Out

Aribert Heim was a Nazi SS officer and physician whose infamy lies in the horrific ‘experiments’ he documented at Mauthausen Concentration camp during the year 1941. It is not for a lack of horror to Heim’s crimes that he lacks the name recognition of other Nazi physicians such as Josef Mengele. As Wikipedia says,

Jewish inmates were poisoned with various injections directly into the heart – including petrol, water and poison – in order to induce death more quickly

According to a former camp inmate, an 18-year-old Jewish youth came to the clinic with a foot inflammation. He was asked by Heim why it was that he was so fit. He replied that he had been a soccer player and swimmer. Instead of treating the prisoner’s foot, Heim placed him under anesthesia, cut him open, took apart one kidney, removed the second and castrated him. The boy was decapitated and Heim boiled the flesh off the skull so it could be displayed, the former inmate said.

Now the Wisenthal Center is engaging on a massive media campaign to flush out the 94-year-old Nazi war criminal. They seem to be convinced he is alive and in Chile. I heard an interview with a Wisenthal Nazi hunter actually in the South American country on NPR this morning and all of the major news outlets are covering the story.

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre believes Aribert Heim is in Patagonia, where his daughter is known to live.

The group has put up a 315,000 euros ($495,000; £250,000) reward for information leading to the arrest of Heim.

My only guess is they’re hoping the media coverage will force him to make a move; albeit a slow one I bet at ninety-four.

I would love to see Heim’s caught before he passes and escapes any accountability for his crimes.