Friedrich Karl Berger, in a 1959 picture. A court docket discovered that he helped guard prisoners once they have been compelled to evacuate a Nazi focus camp in an almost two-week journey below “inhumane circumstances,” the Justice Department stated.

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Friedrich Karl Berger, in a 1959 picture. A court docket discovered that he helped guard prisoners once they have been compelled to evacuate a Nazi focus camp in an almost two-week journey below “inhumane circumstances,” the Justice Department stated.

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A 95-year-old Tennessee man has been deported to Germany as a result of he labored as a guard at a Nazi focus camp throughout World War II, the Justice Department introduced Saturday. Friedrich Karl Berger was despatched to Germany as a result of he participated in Nazi-sponsored acts of persecution whereas serving as an armed guard on the Neuengamme focus camp system close to Meppen, Germany, in 1945, in accordance with the announcement. “Berger’s removing demonstrates the Department of Justice’s and its regulation enforcement companions’ dedication to making sure that the United States isn’t a protected haven for individuals who have participated in Nazi crimes towards humanity and different human rights abuses,” Acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson stated. “We are dedicated to making sure the United States won’t function a protected haven for human rights violators and warfare criminals,” stated Acting ICE Director Tae Johnson added. “We won’t ever stop to pursue those that persecute others. This case exemplifies the steadfast dedication of each ICE and the Department of Justice to pursue justice and to hunt relentlessly for individuals who participated in one in all historical past’s best atrocities, regardless of how lengthy it takes,” Johnson stated.

Berger, who had lived within the U.S. since 1959, was flown overseas on Saturday and has landed in Frankfurt, Germany, in accordance with the BBC. The deportation got here after a decide in two-day trial in February 2020 concluded that Meppen prisoners have been held through the winter of 1945 in “atrocious” circumstances and have been exploited for out of doors compelled labor, working “to the purpose of exhaustion and loss of life.” The court docket additionally discovered that Berger helped guard the prisoners once they have been compelled to evacuate the camp in an almost two-week journey below “inhumane circumstances,” the Justice Department stated. Seventy prisoners died through the evacuation, it stated. The court docket’s choice additionally cited Berger’s admission that he by no means requested a switch from focus camp guard service and that he continues to obtain a pension from Germany based mostly on his employment in Germany, “together with his wartime service.”

It was not instantly clear whether or not German authorities would take steps towards Berger, in accordance with The Washington Post. Berger is a widower with two grandchildren, in accordance with the Post. He has stated he was ordered to work within the camp, was solely there a short while, and didn’t carry a weapon, the Post reported. “After 75 years, that is ridiculous. I can not consider it,” he stated final 12 months as he fought his expulsion from the United States, in accordance with the Post. “I can not perceive how this will occur in a rustic like this. You’re forcing me out of my dwelling.”