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Ex-commandant of Treblinka Extermination Camp Arrested in Brazil

Franz Stangl, a former SS officer who served as a commandant of the Treblinka death camp in occupied Poland, has been arrested here, police announced today. The Government of Austria had requested his extradition.

Stangl, who also served the Nazi regime in the Maidanek and Sobibor murder camps, found refuge in Brazil and has lived here for the past 17 years. During the past four years, the police said, he worked in an auto plant here under an assumed name. A hearing on the extraditional request is pending in the Sao Paulo Supreme Court, Simon Wiesenthal, director of the Nazi Documentation Center in Vienna, reportedly assisted in tracing Stangl.