Jerusalem – The Simon Wiesenthal Center expressed “deep satisfaction” that the American authorities succeeded yesterday in deporting Friedrich Karl Berger to Germany on the basis of his participation in Nazi crimes against humanity as a guard at the Neuengamme concentration camp near Hamburg.
The Center’s chief Nazi-hunter, Dr. Efraim Zuroff, noted the exceptionally successful prosecutions of Holocaust perpetrators achieved by the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Special Investigations (established in 1979) and subsequently renamed the Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Division. Berger is the 70th person removed from the United States in connection with their role in human rights abuses in the service of the Third Reich.
According to Zuroff:
“The notable positive results achieved by the American authorities are by far the most numerically successful in the world during the past four decades in terms of the number of individuals who served the Nazi regime who were punished in connection with their service during World War II. We congratulate and greatly appreciate the efforts invested in this important mission, once the United States government decided to take action against such persons.”
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