Martin Bartesch, a notorious Nazi war criminal, who was briefly at the Mauthausen concentration camp for three whole weeks, during Wold War II, is back in the news; you can read all about it here.
The photo below shows Martesch in a photo belonging to his daughter Ann Bresnen of Chicago, copied from this website: http://billingsgazette.com/martin-bartesch/image_6d8e8030-f7ff-5f2f-a2b9-cb36fe256816.html#ixzz3Gi2KE6Rs
This quote is from the news story:
OSIJEK, Croatia (AP) – Dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals and SS guards collected millions of dollars in U.S. Social Security benefits after being forced out of the United States, an Associated Press investigation has found.
The payments, underwritten by American taxpayers, flowed through a legal loophole that gave the U.S. Justice Department leverage to persuade Nazi suspects to leave the U.S. If they agreed to go, or simply fled before deportation, they could keep their Social Security, according to interviews and internal U.S. government records.
Austrian authorities were furious upon learning after the fact about a deal made with Martin Bartesch, a former SS guard at the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria. In 1987, Bartesch landed, unannounced, at the airport in Vienna. Two days later, under the terms of the deal, his U.S. citizenship was revoked.
The Romanian-born Bartesch, who had emigrated to the U.S. in 1955, was suddenly stateless and Austria’s problem. Bartesch continued to receive Social Security benefits until he died in 1989.
I previously blogged about Martin Bartesch on this blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/12/12/the-sad-case-of-martin-bartesch-the-infamous-mauthausen-war-criminal/
What was the war crime committed by Martin Bartesch? His crime was that he spoke German and he had been born of an ethnic German mother.
This speech, made by Heinrich Himmler at Munich, on Nov. 8, 1938, explains it:
“Furthermore, Czechoslovakia has become anti-Semitic, all the Balkans are anti-Semitic, the whole of Palestine is engaged in a desperate struggle against the Jews, so that some day there will be no place in the world left for the Jew. He says to himself, this danger will only be removed if the source, if the originating country of anti-Semitism, if Germany is burnt out and destroyed (ausgebrannt und vernichtet). Be clear about it, in the battle which will decide if we are defeated, there will be no reservation remaining for the Germans, all will be starved out and butchered. That will face everyone, be he now an enthusiastic supporter of the Third Reich or not – it will suffice that he speaks German and had a German mother.”
Martin Bartesch emigrated to America after World War II was over. He received Social Security payments, but he agreed to leave the USA on the condition that he would continue to receive his Social Security payments.