OLGA WEISFEILER: CHILE
TRIP REPORT, March 2004
At the beginning of March 2004 I went to Chile
in my continuing search for information that would lead to revealing the fate
and whereabouts of my brother, Boris Weisfeiler. The central focus of my trip
was to initiate a media and an advertising campaign, asking witnesses, or
anyone with knowledge to come forward. Supporters, friends, and Boris' former
colleagues supported this campaign financially. My Chilean attorneys of Colombara
& Olmedo law firm, with the assistance and incredible support of a free
lance journalist Pascale Bonnefoy, organized wide publicity. US Ambassador to
Chile William Brownfield offered to host a news conference in support of the
search for Boris, who went missing in January 1985 during a hiking trip, and is
the one U.S. citizen among the 1100 Chilean desaparecidos.
The Embassy press conference took place on March 5, 2004; Chargé d'Affaires Philip Goldberg announced that the US Embassy
was renewing the search for information on Boris' disappearance. More then
twenty journalists from different world press agencies, newspapers, and TV
stations were present. Chilean leading and local newspapers offered their
support and published stories on Boris' disappearance and my search for him,
including contact information. Paid advertisings were published during the week
of March 7-12 in two southern local newspapers: El Centro
and La Discusion.
Two of the most listened to radio stations, Radio Cooperativa
and Radio Bio Bio, repeatedly aired the ad calling on
anyone with information to step forward.
The US Embassy officials, Second Secretary Jeffrey Galvin
and Legal Attaché Joseph Tipton, attorney Joanna Heskia,
and I had a meeting with investigating Judge Ministro
Alejandro Solis to discuss the ongoing investigation. The US
embassy officials reiterated to the judge embassy’s offer of help in the
documents indicate that Boris was seized by Pinochet's security forces while
hiking in Southern Chile and taken to a German enclave
known as Colonia Dignidad. During my trip to Chile
I traveled to several of the small towns near the Colonia in search of people
who had seen Boris, and potential witnesses.
During the Pinochet regime Colonia Dignidad was used as a torture and detention
center by Chilean secret service forces, DINA. 27 of child sexual abuse cases
against leader of the colony, Paul Schaefer, are pending in the local courts.
Numerous cases of crimes committed by colony's
officials including fraud, court evasion, and child abuse cover up, abduction
of children, retaining residents against their will, segregating families, and
inflicting harsh physical punishments on residents have piled up in the courts.
The Boris Weisfeiler disappearance case includes charges against leaders of
Colonia Dignidad who are responsible for his fate.
If anyone reading this information has information on Boris or any other
related information, please contact me at the email address above.