Nazi war criminals fled to S America after WWII
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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 17:50
London: An estimated 9,000 Nazis, including Holocaust mastermind Adolf Eichmann and Auschwitz Dr Josef Mengele, fled to South America in the aftermath of World War II post Adolf Hitler's death, documents have revealed.

Some 5,000 Nazi war criminals went to Argentina, between 1,500 and 2,000 to Brazil, around 500 to 1,000 to Chile, and the rest to Paraguay and Uruguay, according to the files in Brazil and Chile recently accessed by German prosecutors.

According to the documents, the 9,000 war criminals who escaped to South America, included Croatians, Ukrainians, Russians and other western Europeans who aided the Nazi murder machine, the 'Daily Mail' reported.

These numbers do not include several hundred more who fled to the safety of right-wing regimes in the Middle East.

Previous estimates as to how many Nazis fled to South America have varied wildly from 5,000 to 300,000.

The files also showed that during World War II, Argentine President Juan Peron sold 10,000 blank Argentine passports to ODESSA -- the organisation set up to protect former SS men in the event of defeat.

Kurt Schrimm, 62, head of the central war criminal authority in Germany, is among the legal team sifting through archives. He said: "These documents provide the hottest leads we have had for years."


First Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 17:50

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