Major Nazi War Criminal Employed for a While as Israeli Agent


This expose by Shraga Elam and Dennis Whitehead was published in the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz in 2007. It reveals that an SS officer responsible for gassing tens of thousands of Jews was employed and protected by the Israeli secret service for a number of years in the hopes of doing work for them against Arab governments.

"In the late 1940s, Walther (Walter) Rauff, an SS officer who was responsible for the murder of at least 100,000 people and was wanted by the Allies as a war criminal, was employed by the Israeli secret service. Instead of bringing him to justice it paid him for his services and helped him escape to South America."

He made his way to Chile. "Le Monde reported that Rauff was appointed head of Chile's intelligence service" during the Pinochet dictatorship, but that report was denied.

Efforts to extradite him to West Germany never succeeded. Nazi hunters Simon Wiesenthal and Beate Klarsfeld to bring him to trial, but were foiled.

An Israeli press report claimed a request for Rauff's extradition was made to the Pinochet dictatorship. "The sincerity of the Israeli efforts toward Rauff's capture can be gauged from the fact that already in 1979 Israel sold patrol boats to Chile and then overhauled Chilean war planes, and in 1984 was still assisting with their maintenance."