Germany proposes to compensate victims of Chilean cult led by ex-Nazi
SANTIAGO/BERLIN (Reuters) – German lawmakers have proposed that former individuals of a Chilean cult established by an ex-Nazi within the 1960s be introduced reimbursement by the German executive, in accordance to the parliamentary team of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives.
FILE PHOTO: Former chief of the secretive sect Colonia Dignidad, Paul Schaefer (C), sits in a wheelchair out of doors the Interpol police station after wondering in Santiago, March 14, 2005. REUTERS/Eliseo Fernandez//File Photo
The funds committee of the Bundestag, the decrease area of parliament, stated it had integrated a suggestion in its funds plan to pay out a complete 1 million euros ($1.13 million) to victims.
The cult and the neighborhood that housed it, referred to as Colonia Dignidad, was once a secretive sect based in 1961 by former World War II German military medic Paul Schaefer within the foothills of the Chilean Andes.
Schaefer preached ultra-traditional values whilst sexually abusing and torturing dozens of youths. During the 1973 to 1990 dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, the neighborhood additionally served as a detention and torture web page for enemies of the state.
Schaefer died in 2010, whilst serving a 20-year sentence for intercourse abuse.
In 2006, former individuals of the cult issued a public apology and requested for forgiveness for 40 years of human rights abuses of their neighborhood, pronouncing they have been brainwashed by Schaefer, who many seen as a god.
“Across political groups and in the near future we want to achieve results with the ‘Joint Commission to Assist Victims of Colonia Dignidad’,” the parliamentary team’s spokesman for human rights, Michael Brand, stated in a observation.
The federal draft funds, which contains the proposal to compensate victims, nonetheless wishes to be licensed.
The funds committee was once no longer instantly to be had for remark.
Colonia Dignidad continues to stir controversy in Chile. The neighborhood has been rebranded as a country, Bavaria-themed retreat, which victims argue is disrespectful.
Reporting by Dave Sherwood and Maria Sheahan, Editing by Rosalba O’Brien