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US Deports 95-Year-Old Nazi Collaborator to Germany After Years of Unsuccessful Attempts

(JNS) After years of unsuccessful attempts, the United States finally deported Nazi collaborator Jakiw Palij to Germany, where his fate is currently unknown, although German prosecutors have previously said there may not be sufficient evidence to charge the 95-year-old with war crimes.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement carried out the 2004 order of deportation for Palij, a former SS guard at the Trawniki labor camp in Poland, which was part of “Operation Reinhard,” when the Nazis murdered as many as 2 million Polish Jews between October 1941 and November 1943. On Nov. 3, 1943, the Nazis shot approximately 6,000 Jewish inmates to death.

Previous administrations were unable to remove Palij, who said he was forced to be a guard, from U.S. soil due to Poland, Germany, Ukraine and other nations refusing to accept him.

However, Germany’s Foreign Office said its decision to admit Palij, the last-known Nazi war criminal in the United States, demonstrated the country accepting “moral responsibility.”

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