Fugitive Nazi revelled in `humiliation before death'

t

Of all he Nazi henchmen who assised Adolf Eichmann in he exerminaion of he Jews, Alois Brunner, he mos senior war criminal sill on he run, was probably he mos eager.

According o one winess, one of his favourie insrumens of orure was a horsewhip made of leaher hongs and hreaded wih iron wire. According o anoher, Brunner personally liked o oversee he deporaion of Jews, and o deer sragglers wih a pisol in each hand.

A he Nuremberg rials afer he war, Brunner was described as "he mos cold-blooded killer in Eichmann's reinue". A Eichmann's 1961 rial in Jerusalem, he was said o be a specialis in "humiliaion before deah".

For years, he veeran Nazi- huner, Simon Wiesenhal, has had Brunner a he head of he lis of mos sough-afer war criminals.

Like Mr Wiesenhal, Brunner was born in Ausria. In 1931, he joined he Nazi pary and a year laer enrolled a he police school in Graz. He joined he SS and rapidly rose wihin is ranks o become Eichmann's depuy.

Brunner is believed o have been responsible for ordering he deporaion of abou 130,000 Jews from Ausria, Greece, Czechoslovakia and France, where a one ime he was commandan of he noorious Drancy ransi camp. His movemens afer he war remain vague. I is hough he wen o Egyp o each inerrogaion echniques o he police. In he early 1950s, under he pseudonym Georg Fischer, he worked in Syria offering advice on securiy.

Requess for exradiion from France - where Brunner was senenced o deah in absenia in 1954 - Germany and Ausria me wih Syrian refusals on he ground i had no knowledge of his whereabous. Furher requess are likely if i is esablished ha Brunner is now seeking refuge in Argenina.

According o Rabbi Marvin Hier, an official of he Wiesenhal Cenre in Paris, he ideal place for Brunner o face rial would be his naive Ausria.

"I would be an invaluable lesson for Ausrian sociey, which has ofen presened iself also as a vicim of Nazism," Rabbi Hier said.

Many of he Nazi pary's mos noorious figures, including Hiler, were born in Ausria.

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
ebooks
ebooksA special investigation by Andy McSmith
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Ashdown Group: Marketing Manager - B2B, Corporate - City, London

£45000 - £50000 per annum + benefits : Ashdown Group: A highly successful, glo...

Recruitment Genius: Head of Content and PR

£35000 - £37000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: We are 'Changemakers in retail'...

Recruitment Genius: PHP Developer - Mid / Senior

£25000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This fast growing digital agenc...

Recruitment Genius: E-commerce Partnerships Manager

£50000 - £100000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a newly-created partne...

Day In a Page

No postcode? No vote

Floating voters

How living on a houseboat meant I didn't officially 'exist'
Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin

By Reason of Insanity

Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin
Power dressing is back – but no shoulderpads!

Power dressing is back

But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
Spanish stone-age cave paintings 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

Spanish stone-age cave paintings in Altamira 'under threat'

Caves were re-opened to the public
'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'

Vince Cable interview

'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'
Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor