Last known Nazi to hide in the U.S. dies, age 95

Former US ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell praised American President Donald Trump for deporting Paliji, "something multiple presidents just talked about" he said.

January 12, 2019 11:34
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A neo Nazi attends a rally in Budapest October 23, 2009

A neo Nazi attends a rally in Budapest October 23, 2009. The words, the motto of the S.S., read "my honor is my loyalty". (photo credit: LASZIO BALOGH/REUTERS)


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Former Nazi collaborator Jakiw Palij, the last known Nazi to be stripped of his American citizenship and deported from the US, died in Germany on Saturday at  95, BBC reported.

US Ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, praised US President Donald Trump for deporting Palij, “something multiple presidents just talked about,” he said.

Palij was born in 1923 in what was known as Poland at the time and is modern-day Ukraine, where he served as a guard in Trawniki in 1941 ,when Poland was under Nazi occupation.

Used by the SS as a training camp, the place also housed a labor camp where thousands of Jewish people perished, including 6,000 men who were killed in one day in 1943.

Palij entered the US in 1949 and became a naturalized citizen in 1957. After his war-time activities became known, he was ordered to leave the country in 2004, yet neither Germany, Ukraine nor Poland agreed to accept him. Germany decided to accept him in 2018.

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