'Brodsky claimed refugee father'

'Der Spiegel': Mossad agent said family fled Nazis to get passport.

Brodsky 311 (photo credit: Courtesy)
Brodsky 311
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Alleged Mossad agent Alexander Verin (aka Uri Brodsky) along with another man going by the name "Michael Bodenheimer" discussed acquiring a passport for Bodenheimer in late March 2009 with a German lawyer in Cologne, weekly Der Spiegel reported on Monday.
With Verin's assistance, Bodeheimer claimed that his father, Hans, had emigrated to Israel to escape persecution under Nazi rule and provided his supposed parents' marriage certificate and his "father's" passport.
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Verin is currently awaiting extradition proceedings that seek to transfer him from Polish authorities to Germany.
Earlier in late 2008, an old man who identified himself as Hans Bodenheimer appeared at the German Embassy in Tel Aviv and requested German citizenship, claiming he had fled Germany during Nazi rule. His request was approved and he was sent a German passport in the mail.
"It is our obligation to prevent his extradition," Industry, Trade and Labor Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer told Der Speigel.
The German government will not stop the investigation of alleged Mossad agent Uri Brodsky despite Israeli diplomatic pressure to do so, Der Spiegel reported last Saturday.
Brodsky was arrested earlier this month in Poland for allegedly forging one of the passports used by the team that purportedly killed Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai in January.