A Final Push to Nab Nazi War Criminals Hidden in Brazil and South America

Joseph Mengele The Simon Wiesenthal Center, a prominent Jewish rights group, has launched Operation Last Chance to search for clues leading to 150 to 300 suspected war criminals which are believed to have taken refuge in Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Uruguay, following Nazi Germany's defeat in 1945.

The project, which offers financial rewards for information facilitating the prosecution and punishment of Holocaust perpetrators, began in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in 2002.

"The project … has revealed the names of 480 suspects in 20 countries. Ninety-nine of those cases have been referred to state prosecutors," the Buenos Aires office of the Simon Wiesenthal Center said in a statement, referring to worldwide figures for the program.

The project also led to three arrest warrants and two extradition petitions and prompted dozens of ongoing investigations, the group said.

After the end of the Second World War, hundreds of Nazis fled to Latin America where many governments helped them resettle. According to the Wiesenthal Center, 150 to 300 Nazi criminals reached Argentina.

A team of Israeli agents kidnapped Holocaust planner Adolph Eichmann in Argentina in 1960 and flew him back to Israel where he faced trial and was sentenced to death.

Josef Mengele, the Angel of Death from the Auschwitz concentration camp, escaped to Argentina with an International Red Cross passport and also lived in Uruguay and Paraguay before he died in Brazil in 1979.

Mercopress

Tags:

You May Also Like

Brazil Never Had It So Good with Arabs: Close to US$ 2 Billion Trade in May

Exports from Brazil to the Arab countries totaled US$ 778.83 million in May, Brazilian ...

In Brazil While Foreign Investment Goes Down Dollar and Deficit Are Up

Foreign direct investment (FDI) in Brazil was $25.949 billion in 2009, down 42.41%, compared ...

Castro-Chavez Anti US Rhetoric Makes Argentina and Brazil Uneasy

President Kirchner left the Cordoba Mercosur summit early Friday night in what was rumored ...

Brazilian House Goes to the Supreme Against Electoral Rule

The Brazilian Chamber of Deputies intends to appeal to the Federal Supreme Court (STF) ...

Emergency Summit on Bolivia’s Oil Nationalization Takes Lula to Argentina

The presidents of Bolivia, Venezuela, Argentina and Brazil are holding an emergency summit over ...

Brazil Gets Lion Share of Foreign Investment in Latin America

Foreign direct investment (FDI) in Latin America and the Caribbean was record last year, ...

CardioTech Presents Brazilians Living with CardioPass Graft

Massachusetts-based CardioTech International Inc. announced that it will make a presentation at the 32nd ...

Children Between 5 and 15 Represent 2.7 Million of Brazil’s Worforce

A study released June 22 by the International Labor Organization (ILO) revealed the profile ...

Brazil Having a Hard Time Quenching World’s Thirst for Coffee

Worldwide demand for coffee is on the rise and grows 2% each year. That ...

Olodum, the sound of Bahia

Their name is an abbreviation of Olodumaré, Yoruba’s god of gods. In sixteen years ...