Report: Nazi Doctor Who Killed Hundreds Found


Report: Nazi Doctor Who Killed Hundreds Found

KSAT ^ | October 15, 2005

JERUSALEM -- A Nazi war criminal known as "Dr. Death" for sadistic experiments that killed hundreds of prisoners during World War II has been tracked down to Spain, an Israeli newspaper's Web site said Saturday. Spanish police said they had not yet found the man.

The German weekly Der Spiegel said Spanish investigators believe the 91-year-old suspect, Aribert Heim, has been in Spain recently.

Police said they had not found Heim during searches after receiving indications that he was living in the northeastern province of Girona.

"We haven't detained anyone with that name," said Joan Lopez, a police spokesman in Girona. "All we know is that he may have been in the area of Palafrugell recently."

Heim has been a fugitive since he was charged by German authorities in 1962 with killing hundreds of concentration inmates in Germany and Austria with lethal injections. He is thought to have evaded capture in Germany, Argentina, Denmark, Brazil and Spain.

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz said Heim would be arrested soon by Spanish police.

Its Web site quoted a spokesman for the Nazi watchdog Simon Wiesenthal Center, Stephen Clem, as saying the center had evidence that Heim is still alive and has amassed more than $2 million in a Berlin bank.

A call to the center's Israeli branch requesting comment was not immediately returned.

Der Spiegel said Spanish investigators think a relative of Heim transferred about $363,000 to an acquaintance in Spain over the past five years and are looking into the possibility that at least some of it may have been used to support Heim.

The magazine said Spain was suspected as Heim's possible hiding place as long ago as the mid-1980s and there had been increasing indications in recent weeks that he might have until recently lived somewhere near Denia on the Mediterranean coast.

During the war, Heim earned the nickname of "Dr. Death" for experimenting on inmates at the Buchanwald and Mauthausen camps. The research included performing surgery without anesthesia and injecting prisoners with gasoline, poison and lethal drugs to see how much their bodies could take before dying, Haaretz said.

Although Heim never completed medical training after studying at the University of Vienna, after the war he worked as a doctor in southern Germany until he was indicted. German authorities have offered a $159,000 reward for his arrest and the Wiesenthal Center $12,200.