This undated file photo shows Austrian-born Nazi war criminal Alois Brunner. AFP / STRINGER
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Nazi war criminal Alois Brunner, who was responsible for the deaths of an estimated 130,000 Jews, died in 2001 at the age of 89, locked up in a squalid Damascus basement, a French magazine reported Wednesday.Three ex-members of the Syrian secret service interviewed by the magazine XXI said Adolf Eichmann's former assistant spent his last years in miserable conditions underneath an apartment block in the Syrian capital.Klarsfeld's father was arrested in Nice in September 1943 in an SS roundup led by Brunner.Brunner slipped through the Allies' hands at the end of the war."Once he was in the room, the door was closed and never opened again," Omar told the magazine.He claimed Brunner was buried secretly in accordance with Muslim rites in the city's Al-Afif cemetery in December 2001 .In a short telephone interview in 1987 Brunner is alleged to have told the Chicago Sun-Times that he didn't regret his part in the Holocaust.
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