Why Did Israel Let Mengele Go?

TEL AVIV — For decades, Israel’s espionage agency, the Mossad, kept a file on Josef Mengele, the Nazi doctor responsible for, among other atrocities, selecting which new inmates at Auschwitz would die immediately in the gas chambers and which would be put to work first or subjected to his horrible “medical” experiments.

The file is thousands of pages long and documents the Mossad’s efforts to capture or assassinate the war criminal: countless hours of labor, huge sums of money, scores of agents and sources, wiretaps, break-ins, secret photographs and just about every other ploy in the espionage tool kit, including recruiting Nazis and journalists.

It all amounted to nothing. Mengele never saw justice.

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  • dance…dancetotheradio

    He was bait.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Oh, a NYT article. Did they claim Israel is a Nazi state or did they claim all Jews are Nazis?

    • As discussed it made sense given limited resources. One aspect I would like to investigate further is the negative PR effect caused by the Eichmann trial, I was not aware there was such a reaction of any note.

  • Waffle

    Priorities. . .