Now the Vatican, which also had its share of complicity with Nazi fugitives, never commented on the accusations of issuing false identities through a committee of refugees - they are, most likely, the documents Wächter cites in the letter as having "very limited recognition".
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From rowing champion to the Holocaust: unpublished photos reveal Wächter’s trail
Entrance to Brazil
Wächter clarifies to Ladurner that entering Argentina would entail "known difficulties" and states that "candidates" went to Brazil "to change jobs." "You should do the same when you're on the other side, to increase your chances of success," writes the SS commander, and then lists the Brazilian consulate’s requirements.
They are: Red Cross passport, as long as it’s accompanied by an older, prewar document, birth certificate, marriage certificate, employment record book and a declaration that the person is not a communist. Then the Nazi adds that "Brazilians do not actually recognize the Red Cross’ passports, but would settle for an Austrian passport or I.Karte [identity card]."
"Furthermore, it is possible to speak openly with them, without making Austrian authorities aware," Otto Wächter said, showing signs that Brazilians had a greater receptivity.
Accommodation and food
"Concerning a possible stay here [in the zeal of the Catholic Church in Rome], you could get free lunch and dinner in the papal cafeteria for a week (renewable)", Wächter recommends to his friend Ladurner. "It is rather primitive, as well as the company, but it is all there is", he completes.
The SS commander had up his sleeve all costs necessary to stay hidden with the help of Bishop Alois Hudal and wrote about the possible funding of an organization that could help them escape, which only accepted Protestants. At the end of the letter, Wächter reaffirms that the main offer is to go to Brazil.
"If you are interested in the things discussed here and still manage to face all obstacles and fulfill all the requirements, then your expenses and your time will be more than justified. In case you do not want to go to Brazil, and this offer is valid only to get there, you can save your money and leave it to me to keep the crank moving", he wrote.