World’s most wanted Nazi war criminal – ‘Doctor Death’ reportedly dead

February 5, 2009

(ChattahBox) — The world’s most-wanted Nazi war criminal, concentration camp doctor Aribert Heim, died in Cairo in 1992, Germany’s ZDF television and The New York Times reported Wednesday.  Documents have surfaced in Egypt showing Heim was living under a pseudonym and had converted to Islam by the time of his death from intestinal cancer.

Born June 28, 1914, in Radkersburg, Austria, Aribert Heim, known later as ‘Doctor Death’, joined the local Nazi party in 1935. He later joined the Waffen SS and was assigned to Mauthausen, a concentration camp near Linz, Austria, as a camp doctor in October and November 1941.

An SS doctor in the mould of the notorious Josef Mengele, Heim carried out the most horrific ‘experiments’ on those who came under his ‘care’ at Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria.
After the war, survivors recalled how the so-called ‘doctor’ would inject substances such as petrol, water or poison directly into his victims’ hearts.

He would often perform operations without anaesthesia to see how much pain humans can endure.

In 1961, German authorities were alerted that Heim was living in Baden-Baden, but when they finally went to arrest him in September 1962, they just missed him.

ZDF said that in a joint effort with The New York Times, it located a passport, application for a residence permit, bank slips, personal letters and medical papers — in all more than 100 documents — left behind by Heim in a briefcase in the hotel room where he lived under the name Tarek Hussein Farid.

ZDF quoted Heim’s son Ruediger Heim as confirming the pseudonym Tarek Hussein Farid as his father’s assumed name and the documents as belonging to him. Heim said he visited his father regularly in Cairo and had taken care of him after an operation related to his cancer in 1990.

Although he was captured in a general round-up of leading Nazis by US forces in March 1945, he was released because his name did not appear on any of the lists of war criminals the Allies had quickly drawn up.

Heim became a gynecologist in West Germany until 1962, when his past caught up with him in the form of the Austrian police, who were finally investigating him for his war crimes. Heim was tipped off and he escaped, reportedly to Spain and then to Uruguay, where he opened up a gynecological practice.  Since the 1960s, Heim had been able to live a relatively unmolested life, and quietly amassed a small fortune.


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