Why 4 Suspected Nazi War Criminals Still Live in US
Legal limbo after no other country will take them
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 30, 2013 6:42 AM CDT
This Aug. 31, 2009, file photo shows John Kalymon, once known as Iwan Kalymon, at his home in Troy, Mich. Kalymon is one of four suspected Nazi war criminals living in the US today.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

(Newser) – Thirty-four years ago, the Justice Department started hunting suspected Nazi war criminals living in the US. The department found 137 of them, but less than half actually left the country, whether voluntarily or via deportation. Another 20 died while their cases were still pending, while at least 20 others never saw their cases pursued for various reasons (often poor health). And in 10 cases uncovered by an AP investigation, suspects were ordered deported only to end up in legal limbo—still eligible for Social Security and other public benefits—because no other country would allow the men in. Four are still living in the US, having exhausted their appeals, and the other six lived in the US until they died.

"I don't think it's any lack of effort by the American government," says the chief Nazi hunter for the Simon Wiesenthal Center. But, in at least one case, a suspect remained eligible for public benefits even after his appeals had been exhausted. And, in dozens of other cases, suspects were allowed to keep benefits as they fought deportation. But the US can't just put these people on trial—rather than trying (unsuccessfully) to deport them—because the alleged crimes didn't take place on American soil, the AP explains. That these men "have been able to live out their lives enjoying the freedoms of this country ... is an affront to the memory of those who perished," says one Holocaust expert. Click for more, including details of the suspects.

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HMD-SMD-ITY
Aug 2, 2013 12:03 AM CDT
Not unusual at all. Wener von Braun killed dozens of top Jewish scientists in his design and construction of the V-rockets that rained down terror over Europe. He killed tens of thousands of Jews in the rocket factories. Some died from fuel and industrial accidents. The rest died from allied bombs. He chose Jewish concentration camp occupants to work on the project to use as human shields. But the need to destroy the factories outweighed the need to save Jewish lives. Von Braun would have enslaved Einstein if he had not escaped Germany. No doubt he would have killed him. Von Braun's contribution to NASA was way overplayed through time. But that didn't stop us from looking the other way at his war crimes.
kene
Jul 31, 2013 7:21 PM CDT
the war happened 70 years ago and now it is time to move on and let these men live in peace. If they are not in jail, then they have committed no crimes on american soil, so they are good American citizens.
Witzelsucht
Jul 30, 2013 4:26 PM CDT
“According to investigative reporter Abel Basti...in fact both Hitler and his lover were transported to Argentine through Spain, where the monster reached a ripe old age before he died in 1964. Indeed, if Croat fuhrer Ante Pavelic, along with countless other Ustashi and German fascists, could have been smuggled through the Vatican ratlines to Argentine, where then-President Juan Peron had set aside more than 10,000 blank passports and identity cards for Nazi fugitives, how much more money, energy and zeal would have been invested in helping Hitler escape?” http://serbstvo.yuku.com/topic/629/master/1/?page=1#.UfgsT1JGq00