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Germany's foreign intelligence agency, the BND, helped Nazi fugitive Alois Brunner avoid capture following WWII, Der Spiegel reported on Friday.
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The BND allegedly misdirected authorities searching for Brunner on purpose, Der Spiegel reported, citing declassified documents.
reported in July that the BND shredded more than 500 pages
of documents related to Brunner in the 1990s, fueling speculation that he worked for the BND after the war and was being protected by senior German officials.
A deputy to Eichmann, Brunner assisted in implementing the Final Solution and is held directly responsible for the deaths of at least 130,000 Jews. He is believed to have spent some 40 years hiding in Syria and was later rumored to have fled to South America.
Brunner was wounded twice by letter bombs sent to him - reportedly by
the Mossad - during the 40 years he spent in Syria. In 1961 he
reportedly lost his left eye in an explosion and in 1980 he lost three
fingers in a similar blast.
He is at the top of the Simon Wiesenthal Center's list of wanted Nazis,
although it is unknown if he is still alive. He would be 99-years-old.
According to Der Spiegel, the documents that were destroyed were mostly from the period from 1954-1964.
The incident does not mark the first time that the Germans have been suspected of protecting Nazi fugitives.
Earlier this year, the German daily Bild
reported that West Germany knew
Adolf Eichmann’s whereabouts as early as 1952, but did not reveal the
information to Israel.Yaakov Katz and Benjamin Weinthal contributed to this report.