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Was our dad a Nazi murderer? Jewish brothers investigate whether their ‘quiet’ father and ‘pacifist’ uncle were behind a spate of mysterious deaths of war criminals the Australian government has refused to prosecute

Three Jewish-Australian brothers set out on a mission for answers after suspecting that their father and uncle may have murdered the Nazis in an attempt to get revenge.

The latest episode of BBC 4’s Storyville, Revenge: Our Dad the Nazi Killer, details how in In the 1950s, hundreds of Nazi war criminals fled to Australia to avoid prosecution, many of whom died in «freak accidents».

Decades later, Melbourne’s Jack Green was shocked to discover his father Boris Green may have been responsible for the deaths of Nazis in Australia after his older brothers Jon and Sam revealed a glimpse into their family history.

While Hitler’s reign was over, «war after war was going on» and Jewish partisans were out for revenge, Jack discovered.

He learned that his father, Boris Green, had founded a Jewish guerrilla group called Nekoma (revenge), which may have been responsible for the deaths of Nazis in Australia.

Jack Green (pictured) learns about his father’s past in the latest BBC documentary Storyville – Revenge: Our Dad, the Nazi Killer

After World War II, Jack’s father moved to Melbourne to escape his traumatic past.

But just as Boris moved to Australia, so did the Nazi war criminals.

Australian authorities reportedly chose not to pursue these criminals, resulting in citizens taking what they believed to be justice into their own hands.

After hearing conversations from his older brothers, Jack asked if his father played a role.

“My brothers Jon and Sam started referring to this story that I had never heard before,” Jack said.

“They believed Dad was responsible for taking out a Nazi fugitive living in Australia and I was like ‘what?’

Jack was referring to a conversation his older brothers had once witnessed where they overheard one of their father’s conversations about a Nazi in the local area and what «should be done about him».

«I always felt like Dad killed a Nazi, but they didn’t tell me,» said Jack’s older brother, Jon.

Three brothers investigated whether their father Boris (pictured left) and uncle Fima (pictured right) killed the Nazis in revenge attacks after the war.

Many Nazi war criminals fled to Australia during the 1950s in an attempt to escape their damning past – and were eventually killed in revenge.

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Jack’s perception of his «quiet father» suddenly changed and he asked if he had an accurate picture of his father’s life.

Seeking to discover more, his first port of call was a visitor named Richard, an acquaintance of his late father, who revealed details of Boris’ past as a soldier.

Jack learns that his father and Fima spent years as guerilla fighters in Eastern Europe, fighting German soldiers and Ukrainian collaborators in the Belarusian forests near his hometown.

They were the only members of their extended family to remain alive until the end of World War II.

Boris initiated a group of Jewish partisans called Nekoma, which translates as revenge, an organization with which Richard went into the woods.

He explained that «the guerrillas in the forest did not shoot, you would cut their throats because when you shoot, it brings some more (soldiers)».

A friend of Boris’ named Richard (pictured) recalled working with a group of Jewish partisans

Richard revealed that his job involved holding a feather to recently killed soldiers for 100 seconds to check they were breathing and if the feather moved, «he would have to call in the guerrillas to finish the job».

After meeting Richard, Jack realized he didn’t have the time or ability to continue investigating «the war going on after the war» on his own, so he hired a private detective from Sydney named John Garvey.

John reiterated that Australia was rife with anti-Semitism after the war due to the number of Nazis who fled to the country.

From the beginning, he believed that Boris and his brother Fima had come to Australia to take revenge.

«A large number of Lithuanian Nazi collaborators came to Australia in 1948. They were responsible for killing the family of Boris and Fima,» he revealed.

“We also know that Boris, Fima and others came here in 1949.

He added: “A significant number of Nazi collaborators disappeared after arriving in Australia. There have been many suspicious deaths…suicides that could have been murders.’

Jack hired a private investigator to find out more about his father named John Garvey (pictured)

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Private detective John informed the three brothers of previously unknown connections their father had in the area

Jack and the investigator visit a Holocaust survivor in Australia named Shia, who once knew Boris.

Sharing some telling memories, Shia recalled how Boris once called him to say: ‘Shia, come out quickly because we have Nazis in the square.’

He added that Jack’s father would provide the group with batons to attack enemies.

«He delivered everything, told us what to do,» added Shia.

Shia claimed that Boris would draw on his experience with the guerrilla group to train others to rid Sydney of Nazis.

«When one of them pulled out a swastika, we came out with batons,» Shia said.

John suspected that Boris and his brother Fima were both involved in killing Nazis in Australia

After learning from Shia, Garvey researched several cases of Nazi deaths in Australia, each of which was written off as a suicide or a death where the body was never found.

He quickly came to believe that Jewish vigilante groups played a role in these missing bodies.

Garvey investigated whether Fima, Jacks’ brother, an explosives expert who blew up Nazi trains, might also be involved.

«I can’t believe Fima would just walk away from Boris,» Garvey said.

Building on the fact that Fima was a well-known explosives expert, John said: “As you know, in some of the cases we’ve looked at, we’ve had a body destroyed by explosives that has been written off as a suicide. a strange suicide.”

But this reality was hard for Jack to accept.

«Fima wanted a quiet life, I don’t think he wanted to do anything risky,» Jack said. “He was a pacifist.

Three brothers Jack (left), Jon (center) and Sam (right) looked back at family photos and videos

John quickly retorted, «A pacifist who blew up trains in the war.»

He continued his investigation by looking into several mysterious deaths in Sydney in the 1950s.

He found credible evidence that Boris may have murdered an alleged Lithuanian Nazi collaborator named Sergejus Sidabras.

«The Jew in Lithuania had to lie face down in the pits and then Sidabras shot them,» the file said.

Sidabras’ body was found on a railway line in Parramatta, Sydney. His death was considered non-suspicious at the time and it was believed that he either took his own life or died in an accident.

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«What worries me about Sidabras’ death is the place and the time,» Garvey said.

«I don’t understand why he would be in this area at 2:45 in the morning on a railway line several kilometers from his home.»

«It just doesn’t make sense for someone to be on that track… I just can’t imagine it was an accident, it has to be a suicide for whatever reason or something more sinister,» John said.

Jon remembered overhearing his father’s conversations in Yiddish about possible Nazi killings in the 1950s.

Garvey explained that one of the main activities of the guerrillas was to disrupt rail traffic, adding that ‘the idea of ​​putting someone on the tracks… is not a bad way to get away with murdering someone.’

He found that many of the circumstances of Sidabras’ death were consistent with the «gist of the story» that Jack’s older brother Jon had heard as a child.

Sidabras died in Parramatta in the mid-1950s and, according to Jon, that was the place and time his father allegedly killed a Nazi.

John concluded, «I think we have to look at it with great suspicion.»

While the Sidabras case was the subject of discussion, the detective added that there were other cases of alleged Nazi collaborators who died under suspicious circumstances in Australia with links to Boris and his brother Fima.

At the end of the documentary, the brothers take an emotional trip to the Ponar Death Pits in Lithuania – the place where their uncle, his wife and children were murdered.

According to the Museum of Jewish Heritage, approximately 100,000 individuals lost their lives in Ponar by July 1944.

There are mass burials and pits where thousands of bodies were dumped during the Holocaust.

“I know it’s my imagination, but I can feel the death,” Jack said.

“We’re talking about a mass of human beings murdered because of mad hatred,” Jon concluded.

Revenge: Our Dad the Nazi Killer is on BBC 4 and iPlayer

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