A Nazi war criminal who lived safely in the United States until his expulsion to Germany last year has died. He had been the last known Second World War Nazi who lived in the United States
Jakiw Palij immigrated to America in 1949 and claimed that he had worked on his father's farm during World War II. But a fair departmental inquiry, based on evidence compiled by a senior historian at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, found that Palij "served as an armed protection for civilian prisoners in a Jewish forced labor camp" in Trawniki camp in Poland. This was where Nazi SS troops were trained to kill Polish Jews.
A federal judge executed Jakiw Palij for his 2003 citizenship and found that he lied when he came to the United States. He was ordered expelled in 2004 but no countries would take him until Germany finally ended last year. This week, at age 95, Palij died. He was never charged for his involvement in the Holocaust.
"An evil man has passed away," Rabbi Zev Meir Friedman Associated Press told. "I guess I'm positive." Friedman had led several student protests in front of Palijs's home in Queens.
Former Nazi prison guard Jakiw Palij has died in Germany. I'm so grateful @realDonaldTrump to make the matter a priority. Removing the former Nazi prison guard from the United States was something that several presidents just talked about – but President Trump did.
– Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) January 10, 2019
It had been as if aging Palif was dying in the US, CNN reported in 2016. But there was still a lawyer's interest in expelling the war criminal. A bipartist group of New York Congress delegation then wrote to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in 2017 and urged him to make the issue a priority. Palie's continued residence in New York was a "painful reminder for Americans who fought the Nazis or lost their loved ones in the Holocaust," said the letter, co-signed by 21 congressmen. "We are deeply concerned that the expulsion of Mr Palij is stopped and urges your personal intervention on the issue."
said President Trump Fox News last year He made the expulsion of Palij a priority after many presidents did not. "From the beginning of the campaign, they tell of this Nazi who lived in Queens, who goes the street he owns the place," said Trump. "The Obama administration couldn't pull it up," Trump said of the deportation. the administration could not pull it off. And I could pull it up. "
The American ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, said he had raised the issue of Palie's expulsion in every meeting of German officials, which was partly based on the President's call, NPR reported. Government installed in Berlin, there was "new energy" for negotiations, he said. Germany agreed to accept Palij in August. In August, the federal immigration agents Palij brought out of his home on a stretch, into an ambulance and ultimately in a plan.
"Palij's removal sends a strong message: the United States does not tolerate those who facilitated Nazi crimes and other human rights abuses, and they will not find a safe haven on American soil," said press secretary Sarah Sanders.
More than 70 years since the war ended, the pain of Nazi atrocities still complicates around the world. Today, German Chancellor Angela Merkel apologized to Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos for the damage caused by Hitler's forces. "We are aware of our historical responsibility," Merkel says. "We know how much suffering Germany caused Greece during the national socialist era."
But German authorities never claimed Palij for his involvement in trawniki's atrocities. Jens Rommel, head of the Central Office for Investigation of Nazi Crime, told reporters that there was not enough evidence to prosecute him. "There is no investigation about him in Germany, which means that there is no arrest warrant and it is therefore unlikely that he will ever be sentenced," Rommel told the exhibitor Deutsche Welle last year.
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"The difficulty is not so much in describing the murders, the individual massacres, those working in a camp, but in determining the individual's responsibility," said Rommel. "By what action, by performing what duty, with what function did the individual make this murder? That's what we have to prove. And with mobile devices, some of these Trawniki men were in, it's extremely difficult."  New York lawyer Dov Hikind, who had fought for the deportation, told AP Palij's death giving "the closure survivor of the Holocaust needed".
German prosecutors have intensified their search for the last remaining Nazis before they die of old age, the United States reported last year. Nazi hunters estimated that dozens of Nazis could still live.