Nazi hunters scour South America for notorious SS doctor
Aribert Heim, a one-time concentration camp doctor known as "Dr. Death" for his sadistic experiments on inmates, is now the focus of a last-ditch effort to hunt down Nazi war criminals in South America.
Operation Last Chance was launched by the Simon Wiesenthal Center in 2002 to find as many surviving Nazi war criminals as possible before they can die natural deaths. It offers rewards for information leading to successful prosecutions and has compiled a list of nearly 500 suspected Nazis in 20 countries.
Heim, who is number two on the list, is believed to have been living in Spain as recently as 2005, when an Israeli citizen reported having seen an elderly German man with a prominent scar, who matched Heim's description, on the resort island of Ibiza.
There were reports this summer that investigators were closing in on Heim, who would be 93 years old if he is still alive. Efraim Zuroff of the Simon Wiesenthal Center explained that, "If someone, God forbid, murdered your grandmother ... it wouldn't very much matter to you if that person was 70, 80, or 90."
The Center is offering a $448,000 bounty for Heim, pledged in part by Germany and Austria. "I would go so far as to say, if the only result of Operation Last Chance is that Albert Heim is brought to justice, that in itself would be worth it," Zuroff concluded.
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This video is from BBC News, broadcast on November 27, 2007.