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Ex-Nazi, 94, Found Living in Memphis

Friedrich Karl Berger, in the US for 60 years, will be deported to Germany
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 6, 2020 10:25 AM CST

(Newser) – The US government said Thursday that it's deporting a 94-year-old German ex-Nazi who has been in the United States for decades. An immigration judge ordered Friedrich Karl Berger's deportation on Feb. 28 after a two-day trial in Memphis, Tenn., authorities said. It's unclear when he'll be removed, the AP notes. Berger, who's been living in Tennessee, has 30 days to appeal the ruling. The government says Berger was an armed guard at a concentration camp near Meppen, Germany, in 1945. The immigration judge found that the prisoners Berger guarded were held in atrocious conditions and were exploited for forced labor.

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Berger also was accused of guarding prisoners during a forced evacuation to a main camp that took two weeks and left 70 prisoners dead as they traveled in inhumane conditions, according to two government news releases. Berger acknowledged that he never requested a transfer from the concentration camp guard service and that he still gets a pension from Germany. He has been living in the US since 1959. The Department of Justice's Human Rights and Special Prosecutions unit launched an investigation into Berger in 2017. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Unit also investigated. (In August 2018, American authorities deported a 95-year-old former Nazi guard who'd lived quietly in NYC for decades.)

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