BERLIN, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- A fresh hunt is on in Germany for the sadistic Nazi concentration camp doctor Aribert Heim who killed thousands of Jews with brutal experiments.
German prosecutors are stepping up the hunt for Heim after unearthing bank documents that suggest he is alive, Britain's Independent newspaper reports.
Heim, born in Austria 91 years ago, spent seven weeks at the Mauthausen concentration camp in 1941, conducting his experiments. He ranks alongside the Auschwitz's Josef Mengele as one of the most reviled Nazi war criminals, the report said.
A court trying him in his absence in 1979 said Heim "wallowed in the fear of death suffered by his victims" while performing hideous operations on fully conscious prisoners.
He lived in Germany briefly after the war but escaped. Since then there have been alleged sightings of him in South America, Egypt, Spain and Germany.
It was revealed Monday that prosecutors had gained access to Heim's bank accounts in Berlin, containing more than $1 million in savings and other assets. In 2001, Heim reportedly asked the German tax authorities to reimburse capital gains tax because he was living abroad.