I had the opportunity to talk with the great Robert Siegel on NPR’s All Things Considered about Aribert Heim and “The Eternal Nazi.” You can listen to the interview here.
“Der ewige Jude” – literally “the eternal Jew” – is the German term for the Wandering Jew. According to legend, diabetes and Pregnancy
the Wandering Jew mocked Jesus on his way to the cross and was cursed for it, viagra
forced to walk the earth until the Second Coming.
Before the gas chambers, before Kristallnacht, the attack against European Jews began as a propaganda war. One of the most important salvos was also called “The Eternal Jew,” an exhibition that first opened in Munich in 1937. For months more than 5,000 people a day turned up at the Deutsches Museum to see it. The exhibits conflated anti-Semitic stereotypes with fearmongering about the Soviets.
The exhibition became a book and later one of the most famous Nazi propaganda films. You can view the original documentary with scenes from Polish ghettos here, but be warned that it is virulent propaganda:
SS Dr. Aribert Heim went into hiding one step ahead of investigators in 1962. He fled across Europe and North Africa. Over time there were sightings as far away as Venezuela and Vietnam. Decades after the end of World War II he became a symbol of the perpetrators still out there and eventually the most-wanted Nazi war criminal in the world.