It is noteworthy but not surprising that this ardent Nazi took refuge in and was supported in a Muslim land. He remained unrepentant to the end.
AloisBrunner – who invented mobile gas-vans to kill Jews during the Second World War –was also personally responsible for rounding up at least 130,000 Jewish men, women and children in France and had them shipped off for extermination.
He went by the name Abu Hussein.
Mystery solved of whereabouts of Nazi who invented mobile gas-vans to kill Jews
ALOIS Brunner – who invented mobile gas-vans to kill Jews during the Second World War – met his death in a squalid cellar in Damascus 16 years ago.
By Allan Hall, The Express, January 11, 2017:
The fate of Brunner has been one of the lingering mysteries left over from he Second World War.
Today, a French magazine reported that the man, who described Jews as “human garbage”, met his end in the country which gave him sanctuary after 1945.
Veteran Nazi-hunter Serge Klarsfeld said from his Paris home that he had read the report in the magazine XXI and found it “highly credible”.
Brunner, who was 88 in 2001, was one of the most notorious of Nazi killers during the Holocaust which claimed six million Jewish lives.
Brunner was Adolf Eichmann’s right-hand man Until a few years ago he occupied the number one slot of most wanted war criminals on a list compiled by the Simon Wiesdenthal Nazi hunting organisation in America.
Brunner was the right-hand-man to Adolf Eichmann, the supreme logistician of the Holocaust of who plotted the transports across Europe to the extermination camps in occupied Poland.
Brunner was the inventor of mobile “gas vans” – innocent looking lorries whose passenger compartments were sealed.
Exhaust gas from the engine of the trucks fed back into the van, killing all its occupants.
The vans operated outside of ghettoes and concentration camps in eastern Europe before the static killing factories like Auschwitz went on-line.
The vans operated outside of ghettos and concentration camps before Auschwitz went on-line Brunner was also personally responsible for rounding up at least 130,000 Jewish men, women and children in France and had them shipped off for extermination.
He fled to Syria after the war where the regime sheltered him for decades.
Israeli agents managed to send him parcel bombs on two occasions which wounded him but did not end his life.
Now three ex-members of the Syrian secret service who he tutored in torture and clandestine police work have confirmed to XXI that his remaining years were spent in “miserable and squalid” conditions beneath an apartment block in Damascus
One of his guards called Omar said that Brunner, who went by the name of Abu Hussein, “suffered and cried a lot in his final years. Everyone heard him. In the end he couldn’t even wash himself.
“All he had to eat were army rations — awful stuff — and an egg or a potato. He had to choose one or the other.”
Klarsfeld, whose father was murdered in Auschwitz, once flew to Damascus in the 1980s to plead with the Assad regime to give Brunner up for trial in the west.
“I am satisfied to learn that he lived badly rather than well in exile,” sáid Klarsfeld after the magazine was published on Wednesday.
“XXI’s investigation is highly credible. They have questioned someone who knew him at close quarters,” he added.
Brunner left Germany for Egypt in 1953 with a passport in the name of Georg Fischer and worked for a time as a gun-runner for Algerians fighting to throw off French colonial rule in their country.
Then he moved on to Damascus where he passed on all the terrible interrogation and torture techniques of the Gestapo he had learned during the Third Reich.
Convicted by French courts in absentia to death, he lost and eye and four fingers in the two Mossad bomb attacks, but nothing diminished his love of Nazism or his hatred of the Jews.