The 95-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard living in Tennessee was sent back to his home country of Germany on Saturday.
In February 2020, a Memphis immigration judge ruled that Frederick Karl Berger could be deported because he assisted in “Nazi-sponsored persecution” when he served as an armed guard in the neuroname concentration system, the Justice Department. Said in a press release.
The court found that Berger guarded a camp near Maypen, where Russian, Jewish, Polish, Dutch, and French prisoners were kept. The judge said that the prisoners were placed in “atrocious” conditions and were forced to work at “points of exhaustion and death”, the press release stated.
The court found that the camp had been abandoned in 1945 and Berger helped move the prisoners to another camp. Officials said the journey to the new location took about two weeks under “inhumane conditions” and some 70 prisoners were killed.
Berger admitted during his trial that he had guarded prisoners to prevent them from escaping, had not requested a transfer from a concentration camp, and, according to federal officials, still received a pension from Germany for his wartime service Were staying.
Acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson said Berger was deported because the US “is not a safe haven for those who participate in Nazi crimes.”
“The department provided evidence that our human rights and special rights were found in archives here and in Europe, including records of historical trials in Nuremberg of the most notorious former leaders of the defeated Nazi regime,” he said in a statement. This year in which we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Nuremberg Sentencing, this case shows that even after several decades, the department will not be prevented from doing justice on behalf of victims of Nazi crimes. “
Berger told The Washington Post last year that he was 19 when he was a guard and was forced to work in the camp. He said that he manufactured wire-stripping machines in the United States.
“75 years later, this is ridiculous. I can’t believe it. I do not understand how this can happen in a country like this. You are driving me out of my house, ”he said.