Former Nazi Concentration Camp Guard Deported From US

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  1. syscom3

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    Former Nazi Concentration Camp Guard Loses U.S. Citizenship, Departs
    United States

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 /PRNewswire- USNewswire/ -- A federal judge in
    Washington, D.C., has entered an order revoking the U.S. citizenship
    of Martin Hartmann for his role as an armed SS guard at the notorious
    Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp in Nazi Germany during World War II,
    Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division
    announced today.

    Hartmann, 88, formerly of Mesa, Ariz., left the United States for
    Germany prior to entry of the order and is permanently barred from
    returning.

    Hartmann was born in Romania, immigrated to the United States in 1955
    and became a U.S. citizen in 1961. In a complaint filed with the U.S.
    District Court in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 17, 2007, the Criminal
    Division's Office of Special Investigations (OSI) and the U.S.
    Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia alleged that Hartmann
    joined the SS Death's Head Guard Battalion at Sachsenhausen in July
    1943 and served with the Nazis until the end of the war. The
    complaint further alleged that his wartime Nazi service rendered him
    ineligible for a U.S. immigration visa and that he concealed that
    service when he applied for a visa and later for U.S. citizenship.

    "This result reflects the Justice Department's unwavering commitment
    to ensuring that those who helped the Nazi regime carry out its
    genocidal plans find no sanctuary in America," said Assistant
    Attorney General Fisher.

    In a settlement agreement reached last month and filed on September
    17, 2007, Hartmann admitted that he served in the SS Death's Head
    Guard Battalion at the Sachsenhausen camp during World War II, and he
    acknowledged that by serving as an armed SS guard of civilian
    prisoners he personally assisted in Nazi-directed persecution.
    Hartmann also consented to the entry of a court order revoking his
    U.S. citizenship entered today by U.S. District Judge Emmet G.
    Sullivan. Accordingly, he agreed to depart the U.S. permanently by
    Aug. 31, 2007, and he acknowledged that he would be ineligible to
    reenter the United States following denaturalization.

    Prisoners at Sachsenhausen were confined under inhumane conditions
    and were subjected to grueling slave labor, physical and emotional
    abuse, horrific medical experimentation, torture and execution.
    During the period of Hartmann's service there, thousands of
    Sachsenhausen prisoners died of starvation, disease, exhaustion or
    outright murder. The complaint alleges that by performing armed SS
    guard service at the Sachsenhausen camp and its subcamps, and by
    preventing prisoners from escaping those places of torment and death,
    Hartmann personally assisted the Nazi government of Germany in
    persecuting persons because of their race, religion, national origin
    or political opinion.

    "Martin Hartmann and other members of the SS Death's Head Guard
    Battalion were indispensable accomplices in the brutal crimes
    committed in the Nazi concentration camp system," said OSI Director
    Eli M. Rosenbaum.

    The Hartmann investigation was led by OSI trial attorneys Stephen
    Paskey and Edgar Chen and 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 106
    individuals who assisted in Nazi-sponsored persecution. In addition,
    180 suspected Axis persecutors who sought to enter the United States
    in recent years have been stopped at U.S. ports of entry and barred
    from entering the country as a result of OSI's "Watchlist" program,
    which is enforced in cooperation with the Department of Homeland
    Security.

    Source: U.S. Department of Justice
     
  2. Konigstiger205

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    Another one bites the dust...
     
  3. DerAdlerIstGelandet

    DerAdlerIstGelandet Der Crew Chief
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    Hopefully the Germans will put him on trial as well.
     
  4. evangilder

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    Good. It's nice to know that even today, people that did these things still have to watch over their shoulder because they are still being pursued.
     
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    It'd be interesting to know where a lot of these guys ended up after the war. It goes to show that even the nice old guy you drink coffee with at the bus stop every morning, or perhaps your best friend's grandfather could possibly have been a concentration camp guard. You never really know. :-k

    Anyway, I'm glad that people aren't forgetting, even 60+ years on.
     
  6. ToughOmbre

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    In a few more years, thankfully, they'll all be dead.

    And even then, we should never forget :!:

    TO
     
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    Worse yet - I would fear being these individuals on judgement day.
     
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    I hope the mongrel suffers in his old age.
     
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