LONDON (Jul. 18)
The recent request to Brazil by the West German Government for the arrest and extradition of Martin Bormann. Adolf Hitler’s deputy, was based on information from Franz Stangl, former Nazi concentration camp commander, that the most wanted war criminal was alive and living in Brazil, it was reported here today.
When the request was made to Brazil last month, the West German authorities denied that it was based on any definite information that Bormann was in Brazil and termed their action a precautionary measure.
Stangl, who had lived in Brazil for 14 years before his arrest and extradition to West Germany earlier this year, is reported to have undergone intensive interrogation by the West German authorities. In the course of this questioning, he is said to have asserted that Bormann had been living in the Brazilian state of Parana. There had been persistent reports that Bormann had found refuge in Paraguay.