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There Could Be ‘Hundreds’ of Nazi War Criminals Still Living in the United States
New York Magazine ^ | 6/21/2013

Posted on 06/21/2013 12:23:23 PM PDT by nickcarraway

When 94-year-old Minnesotan Michael Karkoc was revealed to be a Nazi war criminal last Friday — thanks to the ill-advised tell-all memoir he published — his friends and neighbors were, understandably, shocked. An actual OG Nazi! In Minnesota! In the year 2013! It's almost incomprehensible.

But Rabbi Marvin Hier, the founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center — named after the world's foremost Nazi hunter — was hardly surprised. When we asked him how many Nazi war criminals may be living in the United States, Hier told Daily Intelligencer, "It could be hundreds."

"Normally I would have said thousands," he added, "but they’re in their eighties and nineties, and many of them may have died. So it’s very hard to give you an exact figure of how many cases there are like the one in Minnesota in other parts of the United States. But it is fair to say that there could be many."

Nazi war criminals are, obviously, not America's ideal immigrants. So how did this happen, exactly?

In the forties and fifties, "immigration officials were not sufficiently briefed and knowledgeable about the [Nazi] auxiliary units," Hier says. "They thought of the SS in terms of Germans or Austrians, but they didn't know that wherever Hitler went, there were groups of citizens of those countries that assisted the SS in their tasks. That knowledge came much later on." And when these local collaborators sought entry into the United States, "they had a common story, which was they were escaping communism."

A 2008 report by the Justice Department's Office of Special Investigations entitled "Striving for Accountability in the Aftermath of the Holocaust" states that "one of OSI's early Directors hypothesized in 1984 that approximately 10,000 Nazi persecutors had emigrated to the United States." However, the report added, "In retrospect, that estimate seems high."

Of those Nazi collaborators who did make it into the United States, many are long dead. But a lot of them, presumably, aren't.

"You have to take into account that at least many tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of men (and some women) were participants in these crimes at a relatively young age," says Efraim Zuroff, the director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Israel office and "the world’s last active Nazi hunter," according to the Times of Israel. "And that thanks to the progress of modern medicine, many live today to age 90 and above."

"I often say that people without a conscience live longer," Zuroff quips. "Less stress."

It's still likely that the harmless-seeming nonagenarian next door who gives out dried apricots on Halloween and wears old-timey hats and spends twelve minutes grabbing the morning paper is not, in fact, a Nazi war criminal. But, at the same time ... we'd watch out for those apricots.


TOPICS: History; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: nazis; naziwarcriminals
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1 posted on 06/21/2013 12:23:23 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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They are all probably at least 90 years old. It is doubtful the court system could move fast enough to deport them even if they are ID’d. Provided we could find any country willing to take them.


2 posted on 06/21/2013 12:25:47 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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I’ll bet they are all registered DemocRATS too.


3 posted on 06/21/2013 12:26:05 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (McCain and "The Flake" have got to go.)
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To: nickcarraway

Big Deal! We have a Kenyan fraud POS in the White House !


4 posted on 06/21/2013 12:26:55 PM PDT by Renegade
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Maybe we can get a rider on the immigration abomination to let them stay. Hey, apparently we’ll let anybody in, especially folks who fundamentally agree with the muzzie bro’hood.....


5 posted on 06/21/2013 12:27:46 PM PDT by clintonh8r ("Europe was created by history. America was created by a philosophy." Baroness Thatcher)
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How many of them are Czars for this Adminstration?


6 posted on 06/21/2013 12:28:57 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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And at this point I don’t care we have a new crop of Nazi’s in charge now.


7 posted on 06/21/2013 12:28:59 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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Let’s put up signs. “Nazi war criminal free zone!”


8 posted on 06/21/2013 12:29:16 PM PDT by showme_the_Glory (ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government)
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Let’s concern ourselelves with the Chi=town thugs that are robbing us blind and destroying the country.


9 posted on 06/21/2013 12:29:17 PM PDT by kenmcg (scapegoat)
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Please attach each of them to a few Muslims, who are worse than Nazis, and ship them out of the country. Maybe we can work it out as part of an exchange with Mexico on the immigration scam.


10 posted on 06/21/2013 12:32:38 PM PDT by pallis
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To: Buckeye McFrog

So, you support illegal immigration? This guy in Minnesota lied on his immigration form. If he lied and it is unchallenged, why should anyone else get called on it?


11 posted on 06/21/2013 12:33:29 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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We’re still fighting the last war, I see.

Its certainly better than fighting the present war. The historical interpretation is settled, no 90 year-old Nazis are going to set off bombs in the streets (if they even still exist) and even the most idiotic leftist can agree that we all hate Nazis

On the other hand, the present war, which is being brought to the USA by 20 or 30 year-olds from the M.E., North Africa and the Caucuses, is a bit more tricky....


12 posted on 06/21/2013 12:33:58 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: pallis

Where are Muslim concentration camps


13 posted on 06/21/2013 12:34:09 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Renegade

Big Deal! We have a Kenyan fraud POS in the White House !


Any time I hear someone complain about a law being broken or an unsavory character, etc., I say that same thing.

Some old Nazis living here? Big deal, we’ve got an American hating, evil bastard in our White House who is doing all he can to destroy this country.


14 posted on 06/21/2013 12:34:12 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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***Nazi war criminals are, obviously, not America’s ideal immigrants.***

But drug cartels, gangbangers, terrorists, and all-around bottom feeders are, right?


15 posted on 06/21/2013 12:34:22 PM PDT by MichaelCorleone (Jesus Christ is not a religion. He's the Truth.)
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To: PGR88

I guess you are a vote for illegal immigration.


16 posted on 06/21/2013 12:35:03 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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And if they didn’t exist, we’d have to invent them.

And in 10 years time we will. They’re good for fundraisers, letters to the editor and phone calls to Congress.


17 posted on 06/21/2013 12:37:48 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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Why didn’t the Allies just negotiate with the Nazis, to end the war earlier? Why did they insist on an unconditional surrender?

(For anyone, who hasn’t had their morning coffee: the above was a snarky allusion to Obama’s recent calls for a negotiated settlement with the Taliban.)


18 posted on 06/21/2013 12:43:08 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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When are we going to prosecute Soros ?


19 posted on 06/21/2013 12:45:29 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

How could he prosecute himself?


20 posted on 06/21/2013 12:46:17 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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