Aribert Heim

Aribert Heim ( 28 of June of 1914 – possibly passed away the 10 of August of 1992 ) 1 was an Austrian Nazi doctor , also known like Doctor Death . As a doctor of the Schutzstaffel in the Mauthausen Concentration Camp , he is accused of killing and torturing many inmates through various methods such as direct injections of toxic compounds into the hearts of their victims.

Together with Alois Brunner , Heim, who would now be nonagenarian (as of 2008), was one of the last major fugitive Nazi criminals that could not be located.

According to a 2007 publication by former Air Force member Danny Coronel Baz, 2 Heim was abducted in Canada and taken to Santa Catalina off the coast of California, where he was killed by a Nazi fighter code code “El Oúho “In 1982. 3 Baz himself claims to have been part of this group. The Simon Wiesenthal Center in Jerusalem , although French Nazi hunter Serge Klarsfeld says this is not true. 4

The Heim family previously said that he had died in 1993 in Argentina , but they did not show any death certificate. 5 6

He is believed to have lived for many years in Cairo , Egypt under the alias of Tarek Farid Hussein and reportedly died there on 10 August 1992. His tomb and body have not been found. 7 8


Heim was born in Bad Radkersburg (Austria-Hungary). The son of a policeman and a housewife , he studied medicine in Vienna before volunteering to join the Waffen-SS in the spring of 1940.

In October 1941, Heim was sent to the concentration camp at Mauthausen , where he was known for the cruel medical experiments he conducted there using people confined as “guinea pigs”. Later, he was also sent to an SS camp hospital in Vienna.Media 1.90 meters


Perimeter of Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp .

The prisoners of the Mauthausen concentration camp called Heim “Doctor Muerte”, the Sephardic Jews and the republican prisoners Spaniards also knew to him like “The banderillero”. Heim was in this camp near Linz (Austria) for about two months (October to December 1941), and there he conducted experiments with Jews, Russians and Spaniards as had Auschwitz physician Josef Mengele . “Heim reflects on the prisoners their fear of death,” said one survivor. Marcelino Bilbao relates how he himself with 29 other inmates was poisoned with various injections directly into the heart in order to induce death more quickly.

Since February 1942, he is part of the 6th SS Nord Mountain Division , in northern Finland (mainly in Oulu ) where he practices as a doctor in SS hospitals. His service continued until at least October 1942. 9


The 15 of March 1945, Heim was captured by soldiers of the US and sent to a camp for prisoners of war. He was released under dubious circumstances and worked as a Gynecologist in Baden-Baden until his disappearance in 1962 . 10 He ran away when an informant told him that the Austrian police were investigating him for war crimes. Subsequently disappears, moves to Spain , Uruguay (where he opens a Psychiatric and Gynecologist establishment from 1979 to 1983), and probably also Chile, Argentina. Paraguay , 10 11 Egypt and Brazil , to then possibly return to Spain again until 2005. 12

After Alois Brunner and Adolf Eichmann, Heim was the second most wanted Nazi escaped officer.

International search

Heim has apparently been hiding in South America, Spain and the Balkans. Efraim Zuroff of the Wiesenthal Center has begun an active search for his whereabouts. Already at the end of 2005, the Spanish police determined its possible location in Palafrugell. According to the newspaper “The World”, Heim would have been helped by collaborators of Otto Skorzeny, who has organized one of Franco’s largest Odessa bases in Spain. 13 Odessa was evidently still in force in one way or another. Press reports in mid-October 2005 suggested that detention by Spanish police was “imminent.” In those days, however, the most recent reports suggested that he had successfully circumvented the capture and had moved either to another part of Spain or to Denmark.

In early 2006, Heim is believed to be in Chile, where his daughter Waltraud has lived since the early 1970s in Puerto Montt . When asked about his father’s whereabouts by the Chilean authorities, under the German requests, Waltraud Aribert alleged that he had died in 1993. However, when he tried to recover a million dollars of inheritance from him ( In an account in his name), could not provide any death certificate.

Heim allegedly moved to Spain after fleeing Paysandu , Uruguay, when he was found there by the Israeli Mossad . 14 The German government is offering € 150,000 for information leading to its arrest, while the Simon Wiesenthal Center launched Operation Last Chance, a project to assist governments in locating and detaining alleged Nazi war criminals Alive.

In the last five years, € 300,000 have been withdrawn from their accounts and transferred to Spain and Denmark . A young Italian from Palafrugell , Spain, has contact with one of the children of Heim in the Costa Brava region of Catalonia .

The money transferred from the account raised suspicions of Israeli officials, in contact with the Criminal Institute in the German state of Baden-Württemberg . After the Criminal Institute investigated the account, they came to the conclusion that it was Heim’s money, suggesting that Heim was still alive, and that his family had lied about his alleged death in South America because of cancer .

The German researchers, together with the Simon Wiesenthal Center, have discovered their secret bank accounts in Berlin in the early 2000s. They have demonstrated to have € 1 million (£ 680000, $ 1350000) in cash and other assets. It is based on the assumption that Heim is still alive, and this is based on the fact that none of his three children ever required any part of this money in inheritance. Taxes on the records show that, later in 2001, Heim’s lawyer asked the German authorities for the tax return capital gains earned by him, because he was living abroad.

Fredrik Jensen, a Norwegian and former SS, was placed under police investigation in June 2007, accused of aiding Aribert Heim in his escape. The charge was denied by Jensen. fifteen

In July 2007, the Austrian Ministry of Justice stated that it would pay $ 50,000 for information leading to its arrest and extradition to Austria 16

Conversion to Islam and Death

In 2006 a German newspaper reported that he had a daughter, Waltraud, living on the outskirts of Puerto Montt , who stated that he had died in 1993. 17 When he tried to recover a million-dollar inheritance from an account in the name of his father Could not provide a death certificate. 18 19 20

In August 2008, to take possession of his property, Heim’s son asked that his father be declared dead; Intended to donate them to research projects on the atrocities committed in the camps. twenty-one

After years of false sightings, the circumstances of Heim’s escape, life as outlaw and death were provided together by the German chain ZDF and the New York Times in February 2009. They reported that he lived under the false identity of Tarek Farid Hussein In Egypt, and died in 1992. 22

Heim had settled in Cairo in 1962 where he converted to Islam. According to his neighbor, “His life was very orderly: exercise in the morning, then prayers in the main mosque of Al-Azhar, and long sessions of reading and writing sitting in his rocking chair.” 23 Journalists investigating his case found an Egyptian death certificate and confirmed its authenticity.

During an interview at the family villa in Baden-Baden Heim, 53, he publicly admitted that he had been with his father in Egypt when he died. Heim states that it was during the Olympics , and that he died the day after they were over. On September 21, 2012, a German court in Baden-Baden officially declared Heim dead in Egypt. 24 Your last name Heim in German means home. 25


  1. Back to top↑ The Nazi criminal Aribert Heim, ‘Doctor Death’, died in 1992 in Cairo
  2. Back to top↑ Baz, Dany (2007). Neither oublie nor pardonne: Au coeur de la traque du dernier nazi . Grasset & Fasquelle. ISBN 2-246-70621-1 .
  3. Back to top↑ Nazi-Avenging Tell-All Met With Cries of ‘Baloney’ by Marc Perelman, The Forward , 31 October 2007
  4. Back to top↑ The search for ‘Dr. Death ‘(Aribert Heim) continues , Simon Wiesenthal Center , 14 October 2007
  5. Back to top↑ Geheimorganisation angeblich auf Nazi Jagd , ORF, accessed 14 Oct 2007
  6. Back to top↑ A German court asks the Chilean courts for information on the whereabouts of the ‘butcher of Mathausen’ , El País , April 28, 2006
  7. Back to top↑ «Search – Global Edition – The New York Times» . Archived from the original on February 8, 2009 . Consulted in 2009 .
  8. Back to top↑ «BBC NEWS | Europe | Dr. Nazi camp ‘died in 1992 ‘ ‘ . Consulted in 2009 .
  10. ↑ Jump to:a b Germany and Austria are looking for a Nazi criminal who could be in Chile , La Tercera , August 17, 2007
  11. Back to top↑ Nazi wanted in Chile left footprints in Latin America , La Tercera , April 28, 2006
  12. Back to top↑ Nazi war criminal escapes Costa Brava police search , The Guardian , October 17, 2005
  13. Back to top↑ On the hunt for the last Nazi , El Mundo , October 30, 2005
  14. Back to top↑ ( broken link available on Internet Archive , see history and latest version ).
  15. Back to top↑ Accused of hiding “Doctor Death”], Aftenposten , August 23, 2007
  16. Back to top↑ Report: Net closing in on top Nazi criminal Aribert Heim , Haaretz , 28 July 2007
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  19. Back to top↑ (in German) Geheimorganisation angeblich auf Nazi Jagd , ORF, accessed 2007-10-14
  20. Back to top↑ A German court asks the Chilean courts for information on the whereabouts of the ‘butcher of Mathausen’ , El Pais , 28 April 2006
  21. Back to top↑ “Nazi wants him declared dead” . Archived from the original on November 24, 2015.
  22. Back to top↑ ” Nazi ‘Dr. Death’ hunt leads to Cairo .” CNN . Retrieved on February 5, 2009.
  23. Back to top↑ «Fugitive Nazi lived as ‘pious Muslim’ at Cairo hotel» . Consulted in 2009 .
  24. Back to top↑ German court declares Heim officially deceased
  25. Back to top↑ «Dr. Aribert Heim, the Most-Wanted Nazi War Criminal, Is Uncovered – » . Consulted in 2009 .