The death of Syrian President Hafez Assad could help determine what happened to a Nazi war crimes suspect believed to have lived in Syria, reported The Associated Press Sunday, quoting French Nazi hunter Serge Klarsfeld.
“From a moral standpoint, I would say it is a relief to see Assad's departure to another world and a possibility to know the truth” about Nazi war criminal suspect Alois Brunner, Klarsfeld said.
A French court ruled in December that it would try Brunner in absentia for allegedly deporting 250 Jewish children to Auschwitz, where they died, said AP.
Brunner, one of the world's most-wanted Nazi war criminals, is believed to have lived for years in Syria. France requested his extradition, but Assad said that, to his knowledge, Brunner was not in the country.
Brunner's whereabouts have been a nagging issue in French-Syria relations.
Klarsfeld said that Assad's death ahead of Brunner's upcoming trial could help determine if Brunner “was still alive or in what conditions he lived.”
“We will know the truth one day,” said Klarsfeld, head of the Association of Sons and Daughters of Deported Jews of France.
“The Assad regime has been prejudicial from all moral standpoints,” said the Nazi hunter.
Brunner served as a top aide to Adolf Eichmann, the overseer of the Nazi death machine. He allegedly helped organize the deportation and murder of at least 130,000 Jews from Germany, Austria, France and Greece, added AP – Albawaba.com
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