The United States government deported a former Nazi concentration camp guard to Germany on Saturday for participating in state-sponsored persecution back in 1945.
Friedrich Karl Berger, 95, a former guard in the Neuengamme Concentration Camp system, was deported under the 1978 Holtzman Amendment to the Immigration and Nationality Act because he willingly served at a camp where persecution took place, according to the Department of Justice. Specifically, Berger worked at Meppen, a sub-camp in the system where prisoners worked “to the point of exhaustion and death.”
“Berger’s removal demonstrates the Department of Justice’s and its law enforcement partners’ commitment to ensuring that the United States is not a safe haven for those who have participated in Nazi crimes against humanity and other human rights abuses,” said Acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson in a statement Saturday. “The Department marshaled evidence that our Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section found in archives here and in Europe, including records of the historic
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