Nazi Camp Guard Deported From US To Germany

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A former Nazi labor camp guard who has been living in the United States for decades has finally been deported to Germany after years of diplomatic wrangling, the White House announced on Tuesday.

Jakiw Palij, who worked as a guard at the Trawniki Labor Camp, in what was then German-occupied Poland, had been living out his post-war years in Queens, New York City, report CNN and the BBC.

Jakiw Palij has been stateless since a federal judge revoked his US citizenship in 2003.

For years Germany refused to accept him as he never had German nationality.

After arriving in Düsseldorf he was being taken to a care home for the elderly, German reports say.

The US ambassador in Berlin, Richard Grenell, praised Germany's new government for resolving the case.

Palij, 95, was born in what was then-Poland and now Ukraine, and immigrated to the US in 1949, becoming a citizen in 1957. The former Nazi guard lied to US immigration officials about his role in World War II, saying he worked on a farm and in a factory, the White House said in a statement.

In 2001, Palij admitted to US Department of Justice officials that he had in fact trained and worked at the Trawniki Labor Camp in 1943. In court filings, Palij has denied wrongdoing, claiming that he and other young men in his Polish hometown were coerced into working for the Nazi occupiers.

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