Is my eyesight failing me, or is the man, in the photo above, a very handsome man? To me, he appears to be a nice guy, who would never hurt anyone.
Here is what Wikipedia has say about Alois Brunner:
So why was he held in a filthy basement, without visitors, for 12 years? Something wrong!
The following quote is from a news article which you can read in full at: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2592346/nazi-war-criminal-alois-brunner-died-in-syria-basement/
Nazi war criminal Alois Brunner, who invented ‘gas vans’ to massacre Jews and evaded capture after [the] war died after years of squalor and misery in Syrian basement.
I vaguely remember reading about Alois Brunner on my own website, so I did a search and found that Wolf Murmelstein had contributed an essay about Alois Brunner, which I put up on my website, several years ago.
The following quote is the words written by Wold Murmelstein, which I copied from my own website:
On the Eve of Yom Kippur, the Vienna Branch of the CENTRAL OFFICE FOR JEWISH EMIGRATION – SS Ltd Alois Brunner – informed us [Jews] about the start of the deportation for “Resettlement in the East.”
The problem of the selection of the persons to send on the transport lists [to the East] arose:
In Berlin (and so for the other “Old Reich” towns ) Leo Baeck said that only the Jewish Leadership could cope with that task in a humane way.
In Vienna, Benjamin Murmelstein preferred to follow the LOD RULE and leave the CENTRAL OFFICE to work out the [transfer] lists and then ask for exemption of persons where a reason understandable for the SS could be stated. Community staff members had to go with the SS men in order to grant assistance to the “unfortunate” selected persons. That kind of “participation” could not be avoided as SS Ltd Anton Brunner (Commandant of Theresienstadt at that time) made it clear that otherwise the Nazi Youth (Hitler Jugend) would be “sent out for the task”.
The number of the few believing Jews for the community staff had been the result of a difficult “bargaining” (requests had to be submitted in a suitable form) with SS Ltd Alois (Anton) Brunner. At end of August 1942, Benjamin Murmelstein, with his family, was about to be sent to Terezin. But Eichmann decided to delay the “re-organization” of Terezin “Jewish Self-Government.”
Prof. Victor Christian recalled the attention on the high scholarly qualities – he had to be still needed in Vienna – of Benjamin Murmelstein and obtained from the Gestapo the authorization for a series of lectures on Jewish Literature.
Did Alois Brunner have two versions of his first name: Alois and Anton?
I wrote about “gas vans” on my scrapbookpages.com website; the following quote is from my website:
According to the book, “Mauthausen: The History of a Death Camp” by Evelyn Le Chene, an estimated combined total of 10,000 persons were executed by gassing in the Mauthausen gas chamber, the mobile gas vans that ran between Mauthausen and Gusen, and in the gas chambers at Hartheim Castle.
The Museum at the former Dachau concentration camp says that 3,166 prisoners were sent to Hartheim Castle to be gassed, although the Dachau camp had its own gas chamber. However, Paul Berben, a prisoner at Dachau, wrote in his book “Dachau: the Official History” that the Chief Camp Doctor at Dachau, Dr. Julius Muthig, confessed to the gassing of Dachau prisoners in the gas chamber at the Mauthausen camp. In the doctor’s confession, Berben wrote that Dr. Muthig stated that “prisoners unfit to work [were] subjected to euthanasia and transferred to Mauthausen concentration camp to be gassed.”