The US Justice Department is reporting that a 95-year-old resident of Tennessee who served as a guard at a Nazi concentration camp has been deported back to Germany.
Friedrich Karl Berger was removed from the US earlier this month after an immigration judge ruled that his “willing service” as a guard at the concentration camp “constituted assistance in Nazi sponsored persecution.”
According to the report Berger worked as an armed guard at a Neuengamme sub-camp in 1945. The camp near Meppen, Germany imprisoned mostly Russian, Dutch and Polish civilians, however, the camp also had concentrations of Danes, Latvians, French, Italian and Jews.
While Berger eventually relocated to the US, it was said that he was still receiving a pension from Germany for his employment during his “wartime service.”
During his trial in 2020, Berger told the Washington Post that most of the case was based on lies and that he was “19-years-old.” “I was ordered to go there,” Berger said. He also said that while his order was to prevent anyone from escaping the camp, he was only at the camp for a short while and that he never carried a weapon.
” After 75 years, this is ridiculous. I cannot believe it,” he said. ” I cannot understand how this can happen in a country like this. You’re forcing me out of my home.”
When contacted by CNN for a statement, Berger’s attorney declined to comment.