Alois Brunner was Syria’s agent who trained Kurds in Turkey
Now that Alois Brunner is dead, we can learn all about him.
Syria secretly employed the world’s most wanted Nazi as an agent of terror to destabilise Turkey and rejected appeals by America and Germany to hand him over, declassified US files show. Damascus harboured Alois Brunner, the right-hand man of Adolf Eichmann, and kept him for advice on security and terror and so that it did not show weakness in the face of Israeli demands…
Secret US diplomatic and CIA documents have revealed how determined Damascus was to keep the man who directed the deportation of more than 100,000 Jews, almost all of whom died…
“Brunner is known to be protected in Syria by armed guards, presumably from the Syrian intelligence services,” William L Eagleton, the US ambassador to Damascus wrote to George Schultz, the US Secretary of state, in 1984.
“In the past, our source [in the West German embassy] added, Brunner has done work on behalf of the Syrian intelligence services in training Kurdish guerrillas who operate from Syria against Turkey.”
Brunner’s file ends with an erroneous report that he died in 1961 after opening a letter bomb. It was the year that Eichmann was put on trial after being captured by Mossad. Requests to Syria to provide Brunner as a witness were ignored, and evidence ended in August. In September, Brunner opened a letter bomb. He was not killed, and it appears that the Syrian authorities moved him from hospital to hospital to lose their CIA trackers. He disappeared until 1982 when Serge Klarsfeld,a Nazi hunter, contacted him in Damascus. The West Germans made another extradition appeal in 1984, only to be met with denials that he was in Syria.
He lived a long life:
When Efraim Zuroff, the chief Nazi hunter at the Simon Wiesenthal Center, was asked if Brunner could have lived to 98, he said: “People without a conscience live longer. No stress.”
Unless they’re caught…