A Tennessee resident who formerly served as a concentration camp guard in Germany has been ordered to be removed from the United States following a two-day trial in Memphis.
Friedrich Karl Berger, according to the Justice Department, was ordered removed after admitting he served as an armed guard for a sub-camp of Neuengamme near Meppen, Germany, in which Jews and other political opponents of the German people, were subject to “atrocious” conditions working “to the point of exhaustion and death.”
Berger admitted to investigators that he guarded prisoners during a two week journey after the camp had to be evacuated due to the advance of British and Canadian forces.
Roughly 70 prisoners died during that journey, according to officials.
Still a German citizen, Berger actually continued to receive a pension for his past employment in Germany that even cited “his wartime service,” the Justice Department said in a statement.
“Berger was part of the SS machinery of oppression that kept concentration camp prisoners in atrocious conditions of confinement,” Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski said in a statement. “This ruling shows the Department’s continued commitment to obtaining a measure of justice, however late, for the victims of wartime Nazi persecution.”
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According to the DOJ, inspectors have investigated and ordered the removal of 109 other individuals who were found to have assisted the National Socialsits since 1979.
It was not immediately clear after Thursday’s order whether German authorities will seek to prosecute Berger upon his eventual return to the country.