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 Colonia Dignidad

Wednesday May 9, 2012
Colonia DignidadRNB's Religion News Blog:
Paul Schaefer A little over two years ago former Nazi Paul Schaefer, who founded a secretive German cult in Southern Chile in the 1960s and was later convicted of sexually abusing children, died of heart failure in a prison hospital.

But today, ten years after Chilean police raided Colonia Dignidad’s properties, many of his victims are still seeking closure from the human rights abuses they experienced.

Wednesday May 25, 2011
Colonia DignidadRNB's Religion News Blog:
Peter Schmidt Police in Chile have arrested two suspected members of the secretive sect, Colonia Dignidad.

Rebeca Schaefer and Peter Schmidt are accused of kidnapping, manslaughter and membership of an illicit organisation.

Saturday April 24, 2010
Colonia Dignidad:
Colonia Digniad cult leader Paul Schaefer Former Nazi Paul Schaefer, who founded a secretive German cult in Southern Chile in the 1960s and was later convicted of sexually abusing children, died of heart failure in a prison hospital Saturday, officials said.

He was 88.

Saturday July 12, 2008
Colonia Dignidad:
Paul Schaeffer The founder of a religious cult whose followers thought he was “God on earth” has been sentenced for torturing children.

He preached an unnamed religion that said harsh discipline would draw them closer to the supreme being.

Wednesday September 6, 2006
Colonia Dignidad:
Villa Baviera, the name now given to Chile’s famous cult colony Colonia Dignidad, may soon be no more than just a memory: the colony’s population has now dropped to only 198 residents. As many as 1,000 (mostly German) colonists once inhabited the colony’s compound.

Tuesday August 29, 2006
Colonia Dignidad:
SANTIAGO, Chile -- The jailed leader of a commune-like German colony in southern Chile was sentenced Monday to seven years in prison for arms possession.

Monday July 24, 2006
Colonia Dignidad:
SANTIAGO, Chile--At least 22 dissidents who disappeared under the dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet were killed at a secretive German commune and their bodies later burned with chemicals, the government-owned La Nacion newspaper reported Sunday.

Monday July 3, 2006
Colonia Dignidad:
VILLA BAVIERA, Chile (Reuters) - Dozens of German immigrants who once belonged to a secretive religious sect in southern Chile watched a televised football match for the first time on Friday when Germany beat Argentina in the World Cup.

Friday May 26, 2006
Colonia Dignidad:
85-year-old preacher is also accused of letting General Pinochet use colony to torture enemies

Thursday May 25, 2006
Colonia Dignidad:
SANTIAGO -- The leader of a now-dismantled colony founded by German immigrants in southern Chile was convicted of sexually abusing 25 children and sentenced to 20 years in jail.

Colonia Dignidad:
SANTIAGO - The German leader of a former religious cult in Chile has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for sexual abuse of 25 children, local media has reported.

Thursday April 20, 2006
Colonia Dignidad:
SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - Former members of a German cult based on a communal farm in southern Chile on Wednesday issued a public apology and asked for forgiveness for 40 years of child sex and human rights abuses.

Thursday April 13, 2006
Colonia Dignidad:
A Chilean judge has indicted 18 people linked to a former German colony in southern Chile over human rights abuses committed during military rule.

Wednesday January 4, 2006
Colonia Dignidad:
SANTIAGO, Chile, Jan 3 (Reuters) - Chilean officials have discovered an old grave on the property of a secretive German cult where opponents to the nation's 17-year dictatorship may have been buried after being tortured and killed.

Colonia Dignidad:
A Chilean judge is investigating the discovery of an unmarked grave in a German enclave in the south of Chile.

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