TEL AVIV (Jun. 18)
Tuvia Friedman, who heads the Nazi war crimes documentation center in Haifa, claims that the notorious Auschwitz doctor, Josef Mengele, is not hiding out in the jungles of Paraguay but in fact makes frequent visits to the United States.
Friedman told a press conference last week that Mengele has assets in the millions of dollars in the U.S. and maintained that a combined effort by the governments of the U.S., West Germany and Israel could effect his capture.
Friedman did not deny that Mengele lives in Paraguay. He did not refer to the press conference held in New York earlier by Vienna-based Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal who urged the U.S. to pressure the Paraguayan government to locate and extradite Mengele. But Friedman’s remarks were somewhat at variance with Wiesenthal’s which gave the impression that Mengele was protected by Paraguayan authorities and dared not leave that country.
Mengele, who was known as the “angel of death” for his inhumane experiments on Auschwitz inmates, lives at a hotel in the Mennonite village of Valendam in Paraguay, according to Wiesenthal.