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28 July 2008

Aubrey Levin (1940 - ) army doctor.

Updated  31/01/13.

The Levins were the first Jewish family in the South African National Party. An uncle was the first Jewish NP member of Parliament.

In 1968, as a GP studying psychiatry, but not yet then qualified, Aubrey wrote to Parliament asking to be invited to speak on possible changes to the laws on homosexuality. He claimed to have treated homosexuals and lesbians successfully by using electric-shock aversion therapy.

After qualifying as a psychiatrist he joined the South African Defence Force (SADF) as a colonel, an act that many thought must be political favouritism. 

At a secret camp, Greefsveld, near the Zimbabwe border and at Voortrekkerhoogte military hospital (now renamed Thaba Tshwane) near Pretoria he conducted experiments on white gay, lesbian, drug using and pacifist conscripts. Involuntary sex changes, sometimes deliberately botched, were allegedly imposed on gays and lesbians. The process included chemical castration and electric shocks. Army surgeons have estimated that as many as 900 forced sex changes may have been done between 1971 and 1989.

In 1997 South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission named Levin for possible "gross human rights abuses" (although no mention was then made of the 'sex-change' program).

In the mid 1990s, Dr Levin emigrated to Canada, where he became Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry (Forensic Division) at the University of Calgary's Medical School. He is now a Canadian citizen.  He has given professional evidence in Calgary court cases.

He denies that involuntary operations were ever imposed.

In March 2010 he was arrested by police and suspended by the Alberta College of Physicians and Surgeons after a complaint from a 36-year-old male patient that he had been sexually assaulted over a period of time.

In January 2013 he was sentenced to five years.


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  2. Anonymous19/3/10 17:30

    This is not true at all. People will believe anything they read. Retractions were printed in newspapers. Also notice most of the links are no longer available

  3. Are you the same Anonymous who denied the facts about J. Edgar Hoover? Funny how apologists for these right-wing guys don't want to give a name.

    Thank you for the reminder that links to newspapers inevitably don't work after a while. I have added some others with similar content.

  4. Can't Anonymous see the pattern evident in Levin's malpractice? In both South Africa and Calgary he aligned himself with authority - the apartheid era South African army and the Calgary police/prosecution apparatus - and abused his victims under the cover of their "respectibility". The old observation that those obsessed with sniffing out homosexuals are frequently pathetic closet cases is again confirmed. I hope that once the Canadian legal system has dealt with this nasty homophobe the South Africans will ask for his extradition. The University of Calgary, the Alberta College of Physicians and Surgeons, and the Calgary police have a lot to answer for. They averted their eyes and provided a cosy haven for this creep.

  5. Anonymous25/3/10 10:21

    Should we not applaud and recognize The University of Calgary, the Alberta College of Physicians and Surgeons, and the Calgary police. As soon as they had credible information they acted, unlike the South African Government who did nothing for years!!

  6. This week 22-27 March, I have been getting hundreds and hundreds of hits on this page, at first almost exclusively from Alberta. On Tuesday evening I found out why when I found a new item that Levin had been arrested and charged with abusing a patient. This remained pretty much a Canada-only story for a few days until the South African media picked it up. Also this page has gone to the top position in Google searches for 'Aubrey Levin'.

    Two persons, one anonymously, one giving only a first name and an initial, have posted comments to the effect that there is corruption all the way up to the Justice Ministry. Maybe; maybe not. The concern of this blog is gender variance and its sometimes associated abuses. Homophobic closet cases are sometimes found here, but our interest in Aubrey Levin is in what he was accused of doing in Apartheid South Africa. I am not prepared to post anonymous accusations from unknown persons who have not even written to me.

  7. Why on earth was he permitted to go to Canada? And does he know Dr. William Ayres- the former President of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - who was arrested for molesting young boys sent to him for therapy?

  8. He was allowed to come to Canada because of his Zionist 'connections'...his father was a recipient of the Irgun medal (the unit commanded by Menachem Begin that performed the fatal bombing of British SAS Major Roy Farran's non-combatant brother in London). Levin's boss in Calgary (FAOS centre, Peter Lougheed Hospital) channeled millions to the Irgun during the ramp-up to the 1948 war of independence in Palestine. Levin is protected, and this government knew it.

  9. Aubrey Levin is a serial molestor and incompetent psychiatrist from SA.
    I am 1 of the 20 he assaulted.
    How did he get in our country CA?
    How did the College give him a liscence?
    How did he become head of psychiarty at the University and Peter Lougheed Hospital? These institutions should be gutted, ashamed and libel.
    They should give us answers. SOON.

    Is there anyone in SA that can help the victims by testifiying to his previous crimes?

    Calgary, CA

  10. Anonymous6/12/10 18:49

    Dr. levine deserves credit for his effort to cure homosexuality. I think he was the only
    government trying to eradicate this dicusting disease that plaques all of us as a society.

    Also I know he liked to give penis inspections sometimes to patients to treat them and educate
    them about infections disease. I he is not only doing them a favor but doing all of us a favor
    to prevent the spread of infectious bacteria that plaques all of us as a society.

    I think he is misunderstood. He doesnt like homosexuals or anyone dirty because they playue society.Hes not abusing them hes helping all and should be recognized as great humanitarian

  11. This is the calibre of the intelligence and morality of Levin's supporters

  12. Dr. Levin was my shrink for a short while. He gave me a penis examination - but it was 'kind of' at my request (hard to explain). I somewhat felt that he spent a bit more time than necessary....I don't know what think right now. I felt a little weird at the time, but dismissed it as he is a brilliant Doctor who helped me enormously. I will be following this story with great interest.

  13. Anonymous7/2/11 19:26

    As the mother of one who was molested, no the police took their time in the arrest. We had out a complaint in well over a year before this all came out, and my son was ridiculed by the officers. They didn't believe him. Those 'penis inspections' are for a Gp or urologist not a psyciatrist! His 'specialty' was the mind not the genitals. I do not give my name in this out of respect for my son, who has enough to deal with because of this sick man. He used his position of power as a specialist in the field of psychiatry to exploit men who already had enough problems without dealing with his crap. No this hasn't died out, there are upcoming court dates in Calgary...this is not over.

  14. warned calgary about the man 10 years ago recieved no response to numerous emails that i sent . cant hide forever

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