CHICAGO, OCT. 31 -- The most notorious Nazi war criminal still at large, Alois Brunner, said in an interview from his home in Syria that he regrets nothing he did in World War II and would do it all over, a newspaper reports.

"All of them {Jews} deserved to die because they were the devil's agents and human garbage," Brunner said in an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times. "I have no regrets and would do it again."

Brunner, 75, lives in Damascus where he is protected by the Syrian government in exchange for service in "security matters," the Sun-Times reported in its Sunday editions.

The newspaper said one of its reporters interviewed Brunner last week in a brief telephone conversation. After confirming he had been living under the name George Fischer, Brunner ended the interview by hanging up, the newspaper reported.

Brunner, reputed deputy and chief aide to Adolf Eichmann, was held responsible for the deportation to death and slave labor camps of at least 128,500 Jews from Nazi-occupied territories. He was sentenced to death in absentia in 1954 in France for crimes against humanity and has lived in Damascus since 1955.

Eichmann, architect of the Nazis' "Final Solution" for the Jews, was captured in Argentina by Israeli agents and tried and hanged by the Jewish state.

Nazi hunters from Israel, West Germany, and France have been seeking Brunner since his trial. French lawyer Serge Klarsfeld and his German wife, Beate, first discovered that Brunner had fled to Egypt and then to Syria after World War II.

In 1983, they persuaded a West German court to move forward with extradition proceedings in an effort to get Brunner returned to face murder charges.

For years, Syria denied that Brunner was in Damascus.

Now, when West German authorities ask for Brunner's extradition, the Syrian government, a bitter enemy of Israel, says he has committed no crimes "that are punishable," the newspaper reported.