Knoxville, Tennessee (WVLT)-According to the US Department of Justice, a man in Tennessee has become the 70th Nazi persecutor deported from the United States.
The U.S. Department of Justice pointed out that according to the 95-year-old Friedrich Karl Berger (Friedrich Karl Berger) was ordered to leave the United States for participating in the persecution initiated by the Nazis, and he was an armed guard who served as a prisoner in a concentration camp in Nazi Germany in 1945. of.
Acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson said: “The removal of Berger demonstrates the commitment of the Department of Justice and its law enforcement partners to ensure that the United States is not a safe haven for those involved in Nazi crimes against humanity and other human rights violations.”
Officials said Berger had served in the Neuengamme concentration camp system.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, in November 2020, the Immigration Appeals Board upheld the February 28, 2020 ruling of the immigration judge in Memphis, Tennessee, that the judge can be dismissed under the Holtzman Amendment of 1978 Because he “willing to serve as an armed guard for prisoners in the persecuted concentration camps” constituted assistance to the persecution initiated by the Nazis.
Officials said the court found Berger was serving in the Neuengamme subcamp near Meppen, Germany, where prisoners included Nazis “Jews, Poles, Russians, Danes, Dutch, Latvians, French, Italians and political opponent”. The largest groups of prisoners are Russian, Dutch and Polish civilians.
“We are committed to ensuring that the United States does not become a safe haven for human rights abusers and war criminals,” said Deputy Tae Johnson, who represents ICE. “We will never stop pursuing those who persecute others. This case demonstrates the unwavering dedication of ICE and the Department of Justice, who pursue justice at all costs to pursue those who participated in one of the greatest atrocities in history.
The evacuation was supported by ICE Law Enforcement and Evacuation Operations and the Office of the Chief Legal Counsel and the Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Center (HRVWCC).
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