The Simon Wiensenthal Centre say there are strong evidence suggesting that the most wanted member of Hitler’s regime, known as Dr Death, is hiding in southern Chile.
Nazi hunters believe that Aribert Heim (photo, from rue89.com) is in Patagonia, where lives his daughter. Representatives have been sent to the region by the centre, in order to pursue the search.
He is accused of killing Jews with exceptionally cruel methods during World War II, and it is said that Mr Heim has documented the victims he tortured and killed at Mauthausen concentration camp, in Austria.
Holocaust survivors said that, in order to see how much pain his victims could endure, he performed operations and amputations without anaesthetic.
And his favoured method at Mauthausen were said to have been injecting victims straight into the heart with petrol, water or poison.
‘He tortured many inmates’
“In the last few days we’ve received information from two different sources, both relating to Chile, which we think have very good potential”, said Efraim Zuroff, director of the Israel office of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre.
A 315 000 euros reward has been put up by the group, for information leading to the arrest of Mr Heim.
“His crimes are fully documented by himself, because he kept a log of the operations that he carried out”, Mr Zuroff said.
“He tortured many inmates before he killed them at Mauthausen, and he used body parts of the people he killed as decorations.”
Though Aribert Heim has been detained by US forces after the war, he was not charged. Then he practiced medicine until 1962 in the German town of Baden-Baden, before he fled the country because he has been tipped off that the authorities were about to prosecute him.
Mr Heim will be 94 years-old if he is still alive.