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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Saturday, September 23, 2017

Testimony of former Mossad agent reveals how close the agency was to catching Nazi doctor, after files on the matter declassified

For the first time, the public will be granted a detailed view of Israel’s hunt for the infamous Nazi doctor known as the “Angel of Death,” Josef Mengele.

Mengele, responsible for selecting which Jews would be sent to the gas chambers of Auschwitz - and which would be slave workers or the subjects of his horrific “medical” experiments - became a prime target of the Mossad after the 1960 capture of Adolf Eichmann in Buenos Aires.

Yediot Ahronot reported that this Friday it will release the details of the Mossad’s hitherto classified “Meltzer File,” which contains numerous documents, pictures, and maps, dating back to the end of the 1950s and spanning the course of decades, on the subject of the Mossad’s hunt for Mengele.

According to the report, the Meltzer File will reveal the gamut of daring operations conducted by the Mossad - including break-ins, tracking, and other ingenious methods of obtaining information - to capture Mengele, and why those operations ultimately failed.

According to a JPost report, the documents were recently passed on by the Mossad to Yad Vashem. Its publishing will mark the first time Israel’s intelligence agency is publicly releasing such files in acknowledgment of the historic importance of their content.

The JPost also reported that the author of the study is Yosef Chen, 81, a Polish-born Holocaust survivor who came to Israel on the “Exodus” ship in 1947 and joined the Mossad in 1976. He spent the last 7 to 8 years working on this book.

In 1962 Mossad agent Zvi Aharoni and his team located a man in Brazil whom they believed to be Mengele, however, they never received authorization to act. Various reasons are given as to why then-Mossad director Isser Harel decided to suspend the operation at that time, including operational, political and budgetary concerns, according to the JPost report.

In 1985, it was confirmed that Mengele had drowned off the coast of Sao Paulo, Brazil in 1979, having evaded capture until his death.

In March 2016, it was reported that Dr. Daniel Romero Muniz, the professor of medicine at University of Sao Paulo behind the identification of Mengele’s remains, had won a lawsuit permitting him to hand over the remains for scientific research.

“Mengele’s bones will be a really good example for our students to learn from. They will be used to help train new doctors and will be particularly good for those students who are studying post-mortem examinations,” Muniz said at the time.

By: Tal Polon