Since the capture by Israeli agents of Adolf Eichmann (his trial begins April 11) last year, Argentina buzzes with newspaper reports of wanted Nazis living there in disguise.
Since the capture by Israeli agents of Adolf Eichmann (his trial begins April 11) last year, Argentina buzzes with newspaper reports of wanted Nazis living there in disguise. Surrounded in mystery is the latest sensation in Buenos Aires and Mar del Plata concerning a Dr. Josef Mengele, described as an Eichmann aide, wanted by West Germany and Israel on charges of murdering Jews during the Second World War while a medical officer at Auschwitz concentration camp.
West Germany offered 20,000 Deutschmarks' reward for Mengele, alleged to have performed experiments on children and deformed persons at Auschwitz. The reward was twice as much West Germany offered for the capture of the Auschwitz commandant, Richard Baer, now awaiting trial in Israel.
By the start of April, the reports snowballed into the conclusion that Mengele was a prisoner of Israeli agents in Argentina - and like Eichmann was soon to reappear in Israel for trial. But the Israeli Government disclaimed the reports.
Mengele reportedly lived at a house in Olivos, a suburb of Buenos Aires from 1957 to 1959, then, in the suburb of Vicente Lopez, until October 1960, when he disappeared.
The mystery thickened as newspapers in Buenos Aires and Mar del Plata reported Mengele was living under the name of Lothar Hermann. While police investigators satisfied themselves that Hermann was not Mengele, the watch for the Auschwitz doctor continued - in many countries.