They Got Him In The End - Or Did They?

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Dr Aubrey Levin, aka the Dr Mengele of Apartheid South Africa has finally run foul of the law. He was arrested in Canada last week for abusing a Canadian man at his practice. It seems that old habits die hard. "Dr Shock" as he was called back in the old days, used to torture gay and lesbian military personnel to try and turn them straight. Amazingly enough the folks at your local friendly neighborhood "ex-gay" ministry have been trying to that for decades too - and haven't been having much success either. Most intelligent people already know that it is nigh impossible to "straighten" what was made "skew" in the first place, to paraphrase an Afrikanerism. For those not smart enough to bluff their way out of Levin's grasp, (shouting "Praise the Lord, I'm healed!") he performed forcible sex-changes on them - and according to some sources, many of these were intentionally botched.

Only one thing can define such actions to me - an intense hatred.



I managed to just avoid him in my own term in the South African Army - luckily he had already left by then. I did my whole transition in the Army. It could have worked out very differently if he were still there of course. As it was, I picked up lots of horrific tales from "family" who had been there - or still worked in the military medical environment, of days gone by. All told me how lucky I was to have missed them.

There is one other question that bothers me - Levin appeared before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the early 1990's - WHY was he not charged and punished for his heinous crimes then? Why was he allowed to go free and carry on with his life at the expense of justice and the lives of more innocent people?

Was it because he only committed these crimes against White people?

Was it because he only committed crimes against gay and transgender people?

Why did Canada allow this vicious criminal who destroyed the lives of upwards of 900 people to emigrate into its respectable medical profession - and apparently to continue to spread his ugliness there?

Was it because Canada still doesn't place much value on the lives of its own GBTIQ citizens - and transgender people have no legal protections and are still erroneously classified as "mentally ill" and have to jump through all kinds of unreasonable hoops and hurdles just to get their gender reassignment done?

I wonder how many lives he has destroyed so far in Canada?

I wonder what it would take for the university of Pretoria to strip this monster of his doctorate? Public shame in the media? I wonder - because clearly the knowledge of 900 hundred ruined gay, lesbian, bi and transgender lives wasn't enough yet.

I know of people in SA and elsewhere who are still calling their relatives and friends to tell them how drunk they are from celebrating that this creature has been arrested in Canada for his crimes.

All his crimes? No, just one - his abuse of a 36 year old Canadian male patient. What about the 900 or so forced sex-changes during his time as OC of 1 Military Hospital? And all the torture and experiments strikingly similar to the activities of those Nazi mad scientists who experimented on their captives? What about all those broken people who committed suicide because of what he did to them?

I would be inclined to celebrate too, if I believed for a moment that the charge in Canada was enough to see that he would never see daylight again or breathe free air again.

I too would celebrate if I thought he would actually face justice for all the deaths, misery and injury he is directly responsible for. Allegedly, of course.

I could think of a good reward for Levin - the Mengele of Apartheid South Africa - hand him over to those he wronged - and give them carte blanche.

Is there any justice out there for people like us?

Let's see what the Canadians do with him.

I think we should all be contacting the Canadian Embassy - and Canadian advocacy groups to demand justice and to raise awareness of just what that man has been up to - both here - and there in their country.

PLEASE TAKE ACTION

Below is a form drawn up to send to the SA govt, Canadian govt and the UN human rights desk.

Thanks again!

Christina
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To whom it may concern,

It is with mixed elation, sorrow, anger and shame that LGBTIQ South Africans, their friends and family learned of the arrest of Aubrey Levin of Calgary, Canada. Levin has been described as South Africa’s own Dr. Mengele. Many are happy that he has finally been caught for something seemingly related to his alleged activities in South Africa - but there remains a great deal of unfinished business left behind. If the reports about him can be believed, it would seem that Aubrey Levin literally got away with murder!

He was not prosecuted in South Africa. He disappeared to Canada before any such charges could be brought against him and did not appear before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He has since avoided coming to South Africa because of the alleged risk that he may be charged. Justice might still not have been served in South Africa.

The charges he is currently facing in Canada are not nearly sufficient to make up for his alleged activities committed at 1 Military Hospital and the alleged heinous violations of the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender conscripts, conscientious objectors and others whom the Apartheid government considered undesirable. The charges he might face are as chilling as any which would be levelled against his Nazi namesake, who disappeared without a trace, never to be brought to justice.

We ask that Aubrey Levin not be allowed to go unpunished for his alleged crimes. We ask that he face the full might of Canadian law for his crimes there - and the full might of South African law here.

We are aware that Canada is not South Africa - that Canada cannot charge him for crimes committed in South Africa - all Canada can do is charge him for the crimes he committed there. Of course, it is up to South Africa to charge him here and ask for his extradition. We ask that South Africa do so - and that Canada cooperate with any such request. We ask that should South Africa not pursue this matter, that Levin be made to face trial under the auspices of the United Nations for crimes against humanity.

We demand justice for the alleged heinous crimes he committed with total impunity and under the full protection of the Apartheid government.

How many lives he might have destroyed exactly is unknown but it is estimated and believed by some that 900 LGBT people and others were subjected to his torture, botched and forced sex-change operations after his referrals and aversion therapy to "cure" gay conscripts - all of which took place long after homosexuality stopped being viewed as a mental disorder by the medical community. Many, many of his “patients” committed suicide.

Levin didn't appear before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the early 1990's - WHY was he not charged his alleged heinous crimes then? Why was he allowed to go free and carry on with his life?

Was it because he only committed these crimes against White people?

Was it because he only committed crimes against gay and transgender people?

Why did Canada allow the alleged criminal to emigrate into its respectable medical profession - and apparently to continue to spread his ugliness there?

Was it because transgender people in Canada still have no legal protections and are still erroneously classified as "mentally ill" and have to jump through all kinds of unreasonable hoops and hurdles just to get their gender reassignment done?

Please see the articles below for more detailed information on the alleged atrocities Levin committed while in South Africa. These have been well-detailed in numerous books and documentaries and personal life stories of some of his victims, and yet no definitive action has ever been taken against him.

We demand justice, if not only for surviving victims, but even more so for those who committed suicide and had their lives ruined and for their families and friends to find closure, and to restore the dignity of the South African LGBT community.

http://www.thegully.com/essays/africa/000825sexchange.html
http://www.q.co.za/news/2000/07/000728-sexchange4.htm
http://www.news24.com/Content/SouthAfrica/News/1059/abfc46690a994d92814c9b4ef9aa6bd8/26-03-2010-10-19/SA_psychiatrist_held_in_Canada
http://www.globaltvcalgary.com/world/story.html?id=2725348
http://zagria.blogspot.com/2008/07/aubrey-levin-1940-army-doctor.html
http://www.news24.com/Content/SouthAfrica/News/1059/abfc46690a994d92814c9b4ef9aa6bd8/26-03-2010-10-19/SA_psychiatrist_held_in_Canada
http://listverse.com/2008/09/07/top-10-unethical-psychological-experiments/
http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=13&art_id=vn20100328074402335C519301

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GLBTI advocacy groups in Canada:

EGALE (Equality for Gays And Lesbians Everywhere) egale.canada@egale.ca
OUTLooks Magazine, Canada http://www.outlooks.ca
Public Service Pride Network (PSP) Coordinator@publicservicepride.ca
Canadian Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transsexual group ayronvillegas@gmail.com

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