Jakiw Palij Nazi guard Dies in German Nursing Home.

A former Nazi concentration camp guard who was deported from the U.S. last year has died in a German nursing home, USA Today reports. According to German media, Jakiw Palij died at the age of 95 in the town of Ahlen after a lengthy legal battle left him stateless for decades while he lived in Queens, New York. Palij, originally born in Poland, was reportedly trained by the SS and served as a guard at Trawniki concentration camp in 1941. Palij then immigrated to the U.S. as a war refugee, claiming that he worked on his father’s farm at the time of the war.

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According to the newspaper, the Justice Department’s Office of Special Investigation tracked him down in 2001 and a judge revoked his U.S. citizenship in 2003. Palij confirmed that he was a guard at the concentration camp, but denied being a “collaborator” and claimed he was forced to work there. His deportation was reportedly delayed because Germany refused to accept Palij for many years since he never had German citizenship.

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