Himmler's daughter member of Nazi fugitive aid group

Still Hilfe, or Silent Aid, funds defense for Third Reich war criminals, helps fugitives evade justice, provides aid for families.

December 2, 2010 09:56
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Nazi guards at the Belzec concentration camp in Poland.

311_Nazi camp guards. (photo credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Still Hilfe, or Silent Aid, an organization which provides help for Third Reich fugitives of justice, is funding the defense of Klass Faber, a Dutch Nazi living in Germany, the Daily Mirror reported on Wednesday.

According to the report, Gudrun Burwitz, the 81-year-old daughter of Gestapo head Heinrich Heimler is a leading member of the organization, which began operating in 1946.

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The organization also funded the court costs of Samuel Kunz, a guard at Belzec who died last week at 89.

At a recent meeting of the organization the trial of John Demjanjuk, a guard at the Sobibor extermination camp in Poland was also discussed. 

Stille Hilfe is known for helping Nazi fugitives Klaus Barbie and Erich Priebke evade justice as well as facilitating the escape of Adolf Eichmann and Josef Mengele to South America.

The group is rumored to have some 25 active members, including Himmler's daughter, but receives support and funding from hundreds of other sympathizers.

The German Social Democratic party has called for a probe into the organization's charitable status, but thus far, Berlin has taken no action against Stille Hilfe.

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