European Communities Council

1967

► Franz Stangl, the commander of the extermination camps in Treblinka and Sobibor was captured. His postwar fate was surprising but also somehow typical for German oppressors avoiding justice. After the war Stangl concealed his identity and unrecognized got released from Austrian prison in 1947. Then, along with another criminal Gustav Wagner - deputy commander of the Sobibor camp, they fled to Italy. From Italy with the help of Vatican officials (including Bishop Alois Hudal, see year 1948) Stangl escaped to Syria. In 1951 Franz Stangl and his family left for Brazil. He lived there for several years using his own name. It took 6 years to hunt Stangl down, the investigation was led by Simon Wiesenthal, which resulted in the 1967 capture.