Brazilian Army Honors German Major Decorated by Hitler

The officer was shot dead in Rio in 1968 in a left-wing guerrilla action, mistaken for Bolivian captain Gary Prado who, in 1967, had been involved in the capture of communist leader Che Guevara.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Brazilian Army honored, on Monday, July 1st, a German Major who fought for the Wehrmacht (Army) during the Second World War (1939-1945).

According to the text published on the Brazilian Army website, Eduard Ernest Thilo Otto Maximilian von Westernhagen (1923-1968) was honored as a student at the Brazilian Army Command and Staff School.

On July 1st, 1968, while attending school under an exchange system, Otto was shot dead in Rio de Janeiro in an action by the left-wing armed group Colina (Comando de Libertação Nacional).

The guerrillas, however, intended to kill . . .

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