An unrepentant old Nazi officer who served in some of the worst concentration camps gives the Hitler salute in Spain where he has hidden from justice for over 60 years.
Now Paul Maria Hafner is the subject of a TV documentary called “Hafner’s Paradise” which chronicles his life in exile and how he manages to draw pensions from three countries.
Operation Last Chance, the campaign to round up the last Nazis in Europe organised by the Simon Wiesenthal Centre in Israel, has him on their wanted list.
Yet although Hafner, 84, continues to make outrageous statements that would put him behind bars in Germany or Austria, no government has sought to prosecute him.
He calls the death camp of Auschwitz, where 1.1 million Jews were murdered, “a ten star hotel” where “Jews were sent for their own protection. All that stuff about murder is Allied propaganda crap.”
In the documentary, Hafner is brought face-to-face with a survivor from Dachau.
“You survived quite well,” Hafner responds matter-of-factly after the Jewish victim recounts his painful memories.
Source: The Daily Mail
11/12/07 – World news section http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/worldnews.html?in_article_id=501310&in_page_id=1811
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