BONN (Jul. 19)
West Germany will ask Brazil for the extradition of Josef Mengele if the former Nazi concentration camp doctor is found in that country, a West German Foreign Ministry spokesman told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency today.
He said a copy of the warrant for Mengele’s arrest, issued a year ago by the Prosecutor’s office in Freiburg, has been forwarded to the West German Embassy in Rio de Janeiro with a request that it be relayed to the Government of Brazil in the event Mengele is found in Brazil.
According to reports received there from Buenos Aires, Dr. Mengele, whose “medical” experiments were responsible for many deaths of Jewish men, women and children, entered Argentina with a Red Cross passport and was naturalized by the Argentine Government. He once worked as a biochemist and was reported to have had close connections with the Argentine Health Ministry.