Germany had long refused to accept Palij due to his lack of German citizenship, but U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell said newer Berlin officials understood it was a "moral obligation" to accept Palij because he "served in the name of the former German government."
A former Nazi concentration camp guard who spent decades living in New York City before he was deported to Germany last year has died.
Palij was trained by the SS in the Trawniki concentration camp in southeastern Nazi-occupied Poland in 1941 and went on to be one of the so-called "Trawniki men" who participated in the Holocaust as guards in the Belzec, Sobibor and Treblinka concentration camps.
He had arrived in the United States in 1949 in his 20s, after receiving a visa meant for people left homeless by World War II, according to Peter Black, the former chief historian for a Justice Department unit devoted to deporting former Nazis.
Jakiw Palij, a former Nazi concentration camp guard who lived for decades in New York City and resisted deportation for 14 years, died on Thursday in a retirement facility in Ahlen, Germany.
Palij later admitted to officials that he had attended a Nazi SS training camp in Trawniki in German-occupied Poland and then served as an armed guard at its adjacent labor camp.
A former Nazi labor camp guard who lived in the United States for decades after World War II has died. He had been deported to Germany in August 2018 after years of diplomatic wrangling.
Jakiw Palij, who may have been present when thousands of Jews were massacred, was deported to Germany last year after a legal battle that lasted over a decade
German prosecutors have previously said it does not appear that there's enough evidence to charge Palij with wartime crimes, but shortly after he arrived in Germany, Poland had asked the U.S. to share information they had gathered on him.
Jakiw Palij, who served as a guard at a Nazi forced labor camp during World War II before immigrating to the U.S. in 1949 and becoming a citizen in 1957, died Wednesday at the age of 95, according to a spokeswoman for the county of Warendorf, where Palij was most recently living in a retirement home.
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Palij served at Trawniki in 1943, the same year 6,000 prisoners in the camp and tens of thousands of other prisoners held in occupied Poland were rounded up and slaughtered, according to the Justice Department.
Jakiw Palij emigrated to the US in 1949 and was naturalized in 1957, but he was stripped of his citizenship after it was discovered that he had lied about his Nazi past.
He was believed to be the last known Nazi collaborator living in the United States until U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents removed him from his home in August.
Nazi prison guard Jakiw Palij who was deported by Donald Trump dies in Germany
Before investigators traced him to the borough of Queens in 1993, Mr. Palij had lived for decades in anonymity, a Polish-born draftsman in one of the most diverse neighborhoods of a city famous for its immigrant communities.