Nazi Hunters chronicles the stories of those individuals who chased some of the most hated and reviled criminals on earth. KLRU Q presents back-to-back episodes on March 28 starting at 8 pm. Prepared to hunt the perpetrators of the World War II atrocities that shocked the world, these pursuers of justice included the likes of Winston Churchill, the British Special Air Services, the strategists who planned the D-Day landings and the Israeli Institute for Intelligence and Special Operations (Mossad).
Hunting The Nazi Rocket Scientists at 8 pm
Brilliant German scientists worked for the Nazi regime in the 1930s and 1940s, creating the V2 ballistic missile. When the war ended, the U.S. was desperate to get its hands on these scientists before the Russians did. They wanted their expertise; the need for military superiority overrode any concerns of bringing these criminals to justice.
Justice – Sas Style at 8:55 pm
The SAS War Crimes Investigation Team, commanded by Major Eric Alistair “Bill” Barkworth, secretly hunted down Gestapo officers. If one of their targets ran, they shot them in the back and no one asked any questions. This went on for years after the war. But not all ran and Barkworth eventually tracked down the surviving Gestapo executioners and brought them to justice.
The Jewish Avengers at 9:46 pm
After the war, a Jewish group called the Avengers were horrified by the number of known Nazis with blood on their hands who were simply allowed to resume their normal lives. They decided to hunt these Nazis down. In the spring of 1945, as World War II was drawing to its end, a Passover gathering was addressed by Abba Kovner, a survivor of the Jewish uprising in the Vilna ghetto. He spoke passionately, invoking Psalm 94, in which God promises that he shall deal with the enemies of the people of Israel: “He will repay them for their iniquity and wipe them out for their wickedness.” Among those who heard him were Joseph Harmatz and Leipe Distel. Together they would become the Avengers. Drunk on their power, and believing they were above the law, the Avengers went for one monstrous act of revenge. It was planned by Abba Kovner. He decided that the Germans must suffer as the Jews had suffered. An eye for an eye. Six million for six million. He wanted to poison the water supplies of Munich, Berlin, Nuremburg, Hamburg and Weimar. But Someone high in the Zionist hierarchy betrayed him and he was arrested by British Military Police.
The Angel Of Death at 10:40 pm
Joseph Mengele experimented on adults and children in the Auschwitz death camps. He was a prime target and was, for many years, the world’s most wanted criminal. The Hunters were Simon Wiesenthal, the U.N. War Crimes Commission and even Mossad. But none of them succeeded. The method Wiesenthal used to track Mengele was the following up of disparate clues, no matter how obscure. He would scour newspapers from all over the world, looking for unusual names, or sightings of possible Germans in unlikely places, such as small towns in South America. He suspected he was being sheltered by a well funded Nazi organization – and he was right. Throughout years of chasing, Mengele always got away. He drowned in Latin America in 1979.