BERLIN, March 12 (UPI) -- A German journalist has asked a court to open files on the escape of Adolf Eichmann after the 1945 surrender and his capture 15 years later by Israeli agents.
The files are currently sealed. Gabriele Weber has challenged a claim by the BND, the German domestic intelligence agency, that opening the files would hurt its ability to work with other countries' secret services, The Daily Mail reports.
Eichmann lived in Argentina for 15 years, working in an auto plant and sometimes using his own name. He was convicted of war crimes in Israel and hanged in 1962.
During the war, Eichmann was in charge of rail transport to extermination camps.
Supporters of opening the files say they will show whether Eichmann and other Nazi leaders received help from German officials and from the Catholic church. Bishop Alois Hudal is known to have provided passports to fleeing Nazis.
Ricardo Eichmann, born in Buenos Aires and now an archaeologist in Berlin, supports making his father's files public.
"Whatever it says in those files, the time has come to open them up for academic evaluation," he told German magazine Der Spiegel.