US deports former Nazi concentration camp guard to Germany

US deports former Nazi concentration camp guard to Germany

A former Nazi concentration camp guard who had been living in the US since 1959 was deported to Germany Saturday, according to the Department of Justice.

Friedrich Karl Berger, 95, was removed from the US based on his work as an armed guard at the Neuengamme Concentration Camp complex near Hamburg in 1945. He held dozens of prisoners under “atrocious” conditions at the camp, working them to the point of “exhaustion and death,” according to court papers.

Berger also participated in a forced evacuation of the camp in March 1945, to escape advancing British and Canadian soldiers. The two-week forced march under “inhumane conditions” resulted in the deaths of 70 prisoners, according to the DOJ, which was able to trace Berger’s wartime role thanks to an index card that was found in a sunken ship years after it was bombed by the British in May 1945.

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