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Alois Brunner - of the world's most wanted Nazi criminals who invented mobile gas-vans to kill Jews during WW2 - met his death in a squalid cellar in Damascus 16 years ago.
The fate of Brunner has been one of the lingering mysteries left over from WW2.
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But on Wednesday a French magazine reported that the monster, who described Jews as 'human garbage', met his end in the country which gave him sanctuary after 1945.
Veteran Nazi-hunter Serge Klarsfeld said from his Paris home that he had read the report in the magazine XXI and found it 'highly credible.'
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Brunner, who was 89 in 2001, was one of the most notorious of Nazi killers during the Holocaust which claimed six million Jewish lives.
Until a few years ago he occupied the number one slot of most wanted war criminals on a list compiled by by the Simon Wiesdenthal Nazi hunting organisation in America.
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Brunner was the right-hand-man to Adolf Eichmann, the supreme logistician of the Holocaust of who plotted the transports across Europe to the extermination camps in occupied Poland.
A diabolical Nazi, Brunner was the inventor of mobile 'gas vans' - innocent looking lorries whose passenger compartments were sealed.
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Exhaust gas from the engine of the trucks fed back into the van, killing all its occupants.
The vans operated outside of ghettoes and concentration camps in eastern Europe before the static killing factories like Auschwitz went on-line.
Brunner - Men - Women - Children - France
Brunner was also personally responsible for rounding up at least 130,000 Jewish men, women and children in France and had them shipped off for extermination.
He fled to Syria after the war where the regime sheltered him for decades. Israeli agents managed to send him parcel bombs on two occasions which wounded him but did not end his life.
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One of his guards called Omar said Brunner, who went by the name...
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