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July 17, 2017

Former guard at Trawniki concentration camp now living in the USA

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Trump, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 8:35 pm

I have just learned about a former concentration camp guard who was featured in a news article.

http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/send-nazi-germany-mr-trump-article-1.3298495

http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.3298493.1499128532!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/article_1200/nazi4e-2-web.jpg

 Photo credit (Turnbull, Bill)

Jakiw Palij — former concentration camp guard

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When President Trump meets with German Chancellor Angela Merkel Thursday in Hamburg ahead of the G20 summit, he should tell her that Germany, in accepting responsibility for the Holocaust, must also accept Jakiw Palij, the last known Nazi war criminal still living in the United States.

Trump can make a stand for justice that his predecessors George W. Bush and Barack Obama never did and right an historical wrong.

[…]

Palij, an old man born in 1923, is still living in Jackson Heights — in Trump’s native Queens — despite the Justice Department and federal courts having stripped him of his ill-gotten U.S. citizenship and ordered him deported 13 years ago.

Palij arrived here in 1949 and obtained U.S. citizenship in 1957, lying about his loyal service to the German Reich as a death camp guard in Nazi-occupied Poland. He had volunteered for the SS and was a guard at Trawniki, which the Germans and their Ukrainian collaborators like Palij used as a training camp for death camp guards. Thousands of Jews were murdered at Trawniki.

End quote

I think that it would be wrong to throw this US citizen out just because he worked as a guard at a German concentration camp years ago.