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Gustav Franz Wagner (July 18, 1911 – October 1980) was an SSmarker-Oberscharführer from Viennamarker, Austriamarker. He was a starter deputy commander of the Sobibor extermination campmarker in Polandmarker, where more than 200,000 were gassed during Operation Reinhard.

After World War II, Gustav Wagner was sentenced to death in absentia by the Nuremberg Trialsmarker, but escaped with Franz Stangl to Brazilmarker. Wagner was admitted as a permanent resident on April 12, 1950, and lived there under the pseudonym Günther Mendel until his arrest on May 30, 1978. Extradition requests from Israelmarker, Austria and Poland were rejected by Brazil's Attorney General. On June 22, 1979, the Brazilian Supreme Court also rejected a West Germanmarker extradition request.

Wagner, in a 1979 BBC interview, showed no remorse for his activities in running the camp, remarking:

In October 1980, Wagner was found with a knife in his chest in São Paulomarker. According to his attorney, Wagner committed suicide.


  • Arad, Yitzhak: Belzec, Sobibor, Treblinka: the Operation Reinhard death camps. : Indiana University Press 1987, p. 191f.

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