Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) is seeking to establish a $1-million federal reward for information leading to the apprehension of Dr. Josef Mengele, a notorious Nazi fugitive believed hiding in South America, Kennedy's office announced Friday.
The proposed reward is being supported in the House of Representatives by Rep. Robert J. Mrazek (D-N.Y.).
Kennedy and Mrazek, in a joint letter to members of the Senate and House Appropriations committees, said that such a reward is "perhaps an indispensable element for the success of the effort to apprehend Mengele and bring him to trial for his hideous crimes against humanity."
The Justice Department, and the governments of West Germany and Israel, are seeking to find Mengele, called the "Angel of Death" of the Auschwitz concentration camp because of his brutal medical experiments on Jewish prisoners.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies in Los Angeles previously announced a $1-million reward for Mengele's capture and extradition, and West Germany has offered $300,000.