Germany's BND intelligence agency confirmed, Sunday, a report by Der Spiegel that files on Alois Bruner, the Simon Wiesenthal Center's most-sought Nazi war criminal, were destroyed in the 1990's, according to Agence France Presse. The intelligence agency told the news agency that the destruction of the documents was discovered recently and that it will publish further details in the coming months.
Bruner is accused of sending tens of thousands of Jews to the death camps during World War II. The Wiesenthal Center calls the chances of his being alive "relatively slim". He would be in his late 90's. After the war he changed his name to escape detection and worked for the United States forces in Germany before escaping to Egypt, then to Syria, where he was last reported in 1992. According to Der Spiegel, the 581 pages of documents that were destroyed relate to the period between 1954 and 1964. Their disposal raises the question, did Bruner work for the agency after the war and was he protected by a senior official.