The Colony: Chile's dark past uncovered
How did a secret German sect in Chile become a haven for Nazi fugitives
and a torture centre for the Pinochet regime?
Al Jazeera Correspondent Last updated: 09 Nov 2013 14:09
Forty years after the US-backed military coup that brought General Augusto Pinochet to power in Chile,
the truth about the sordid abuses and crimes that took place during his dictatorship are still emerging.
era; one that is still claiming victims today.
In 1961, a former Nazi officer called Paul Schaefer fled Germany, along with hundreds of others,
to found a sect in southern Chile. In an idyllic rural enclave framed by the Andes Mountains he created a virtual state within a state - one where horrifying events unfolded.
Initially with the ignorance of the government, and then with the complicity of the Pinochet regime,
children were separated from their parents at birth and raised in a Kinder House. Men and women were kept apart and often drugged, while Schaefer systematically sexually abused boys and, occasionally,