German authorities have come under renewed pressure to track down surviving Nazi war criminals after the discovery this week that a notorious concentration camp doctor lived out his days in Cairo and died a free man.
Aribert Heim, known as ‘Doctor Death’ for the appalling experiments he performed on concentration camp prisoners, was revealed this week to have spent his last decades living as a convert to Islam under the name Tarek Hussein Farid in a run-down Cairo hotel.
According to his son Ruediger, Heim died of cancer in August 1992. Heim’s place at the top of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre’s most wanted list is now likely to be taken by Alois Brunner, the right-hand man of Adolf Eichmann, the chief architect of the Holocaust.
It is believed Brunner, who would now be 94, has spent years living in Syria.
Brunner has not been sighted since 2001, but investigators believe he may still be alive.
“Just a short while ago I got a call from someone claiming to have sat next to Brunner in a plane in the Arabic world,” said Joachim Riedel, the deputy chief of the central office for solving Nazi crimes in Ludwigsburg,