Another nazi guard gets the boot from the USA

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  1. syscom3

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    Good riddence.

    Federal Court Revokes Citizenship Of Pittsburgh-Area Man Who Served As Nazi Concentration Camp Guard

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 29 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The U.S. District Court in
    Pittsburgh today revoked the U.S. citizenship of Anton Geiser of
    Sharon, Pa., because of his participation in Nazi-sponsored acts of
    persecution while serving during World War II as an armed SS guard
    at Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp and other places of persecution,
    Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division
    and U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan of the Western District of
    Pennsylvania announced today.

    Geiser admitted under oath that he served during most of 1943 as an
    armed SS guard at the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp near Berlin,
    Germany; that his duties included escorting prisoners to slave labor
    sites and standing guard in the camp's guard towers; and that he was
    under standing orders to shoot any prisoner attempting escape. He
    also admitted serving as a guard at the Buchenwald Concentration
    Camp and its Arolsen subcamp. Prisoners held at Sachsenhausen and
    Buchenwald were forced to engage in hard physical labor under
    extraordinarily brutal conditions. Many prisoners died from
    exhaustion or disease. Many were shot or hanged. During the period
    when Geiser served at Sachsenhausen, more 3,000 prisoners were
    murdered or died from the brutal treatment.

    "Anton Geiser's service as an armed SS guard at several Nazi
    concentration camps helped to ensure that thousands of men and women
    held prisoner could not escape the brutal conditions of their
    confinement, " said Assistant Attorney General Fisher. "The court's
    ruling today confirms that the United States is not and never will
    be a haven for those who participated in Nazi genocide."

    Geiser, 81, immigrated to the United States from Austria in October
    1956, and was naturalized as a U.S. citizen in March 1962. The
    district court found that he was not eligible for citizenship
    because his service to Nazi Germany made him ineligible to immigrate
    to the United States. Geiser's service as an armed SS guard, the
    court concluded, "clearly assisted in the persecution of the
    prisoners" held by the Nazis at Sachsenhausen, Buchenwald and
    Arolsen.

    "By standing guard with a loaded weapon under orders to shoot, Anton
    Geiser helped to ensure that thousands of innocent men and women
    were forced to endure slave labor, medical experiments,
    malnourishment and murder," said Eli M. Rosenbaum, Director of the
    Justice Department's Office of Special Investigations (OSI), which
    investigated the case. "Such individuals do not deserve the
    privilege of living in the United States. The Government will work
    to remove Geiser from this country as swiftly as possible."

    U.S. Attorney Buchanan stated: "Individuals like Anton Geiser, who
    assisted the Nazis in their quest to extinguish the lives of
    millions of innocent men, women and children, do not deserve the
    benefits of U.S. citizenship. "

    The proceedings to denaturalize Geiser were instituted in 2004 by
    OSI and the U.S. Attorney's Office in Pittsburgh. The case is a
    result of OSI's ongoing efforts to identify, investigate and take
    legal action against former participants in Nazi persecution who
    reside in the United States. Since OSI began operations in 1979, it
    has won cases against 103 individuals who assisted in Nazi
    persecution. In addition, more than 175 individuals who sought to
    enter the United States in recent years have been blocked from doing
    so as a result of OSI's "Watchlist" program, which is enforced in
    cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security.
     
  2. evangilder

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    Agreed, good riddance. I especially liked the statement of the assistant attorney general. "The court's ruling today confirms that the United States is not and never will be a haven for those who participated in Nazi genocide."
     
  3. DerAdlerIstGelandet

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    Good and I hope they find more of them. I also hope that once they get back to Germany they are tried and punished.
     
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    Sweet, it's nice to know scum like him are getting the boot from the U.S.
     
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    it's good that they are getting ride of them and as DerAdlerIstGelandet said i hope they do go back and get tried
     
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    Most of them do. You here about it every once in a while on the German news. There is a special Tribunal here in Germany that searches for Nazis from WW2 and right now they are trying to get one from Argentina but the Argentinan government will not hand them over and they are currently getting one from Italy right now.
     
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    cool at least they are doing something about it
     
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