A 95-year-old man who was a Nazi concentration camp guard during WWII has been deported from the U.S. to Germany.
Friedrich Karl Berger, who fled to the United States at the end of the war and set up a new life in Tennessee, was booted onto a plane ‘for participating in Nazi-sponsored acts of persecution’ and flown to Frankfurt where he will be tried for his crimes. Attorney General Monty Wilkinson said in a statement that Berger’s expulsion from the U.S. demonstrates the Department of Justice is ‘commitment to ensuring that the United States is not a safe haven for those who have participated in Nazi crimes against humanity and other human rights abuses. In this year in which we mark the 75th anniversary of the Nuremberg convictions, this case shows that the passage even of many decades will not deter the Department from pursuing justice on behalf of the victims of Nazi crimes.’
Berger, who served as a guard at a Neuengamme sub-camp near Meppen, Germany, is the 70th person to be removed from the United States and returned for war crimes. He is also a cruel and inhumane man (he never requested a transfer from his duty: forcing people to work to the point of exhaustion and death), and a man for whom irony is completely lost:
‘After 75 years,’ said Berger of his deportation, ‘this is ridiculous. I cannot believe it. I cannot understand how this can happen in a country like this. You’re forcing me out of my home.’