US: Former Nazi guard in a Polish death camp arrested and deported to Germany
A 95-year-old former Nazi SS death camp guard was deported from his home in Queens, N.Y., the White House announced in a statement early Tuesday morning.
After World War II, Jakiw Palij hid his involvement in the slaughter of Jews at the Trawniki camp in Poland and gained entry to the US by claiming he was a farmer and factory worker.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents implemented a 2004 deportation order against Palij, who immigrated to the United States in 1949 and became a citizen in 1957.
Palij admitted to Department of Justice officials in 2003 that he trained at Nazi camp in Poland and that he served as an armed guard at the adjacent Trawniki death camp – where roughly 6,000 Jews were slaughtered.
The 95-year-old’s U.S. citizenship was revoked in 2003 by a federal judge, and he was ordered to be deported a year later. His appeal was denied in 2005.
He continued to live in limbo at his home in Queens because no country would accept him.
Palij’s fate in Germany is unclear as prosecutors have previously indicated there doesn’t appear to be enough evidence to bring wartime charges.