Book: Missing Nazi was killed by Jewish death squad in 1982

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Aribert Heim, one of the most wanted Nazi war criminals still thought to be at liberty, was hunted down and killed by a Jewish death squad in 1982, a new book claims.

Danny Baz, a retired colonel in the Israeli air force, claims in a book published in France this week that the Austrian death camp doctor was tracked down in the United States by a Jewish search-and-destroy squad called "The Owl" and shot dead. The group's members, which included Mr Baz, are said to have been veterans of the Israeli and American militaries.

Heim is known as the Butcher of Mauthausen after carrying out medical experiments on concentration camp inmates in the Austrian death camp. He removed human organs without anaesthetic to see how long victims lived. But after the Second World War he served only two years in jail before resuming work as a gynecologist in Baden-Baden....

[He disappeared in 1962 when his arrest seemed imminent.]

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre has said it doubts Mr Baz's claims. However, the Israeli has said he believes it is now time to call off the hunt for Heim.

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