President Donald Trump took a personal interest in the case of a Nazi-era concentration camp guard living in the United States, pressing the Justice Department to secure the man’s deportation from the country.
On Monday, 95-year-old Jakiw Palij was deported from the United States to Germany, which accepted the Ukrainian national on Tuesday as a ‘moral duty’, over Palij’s involvement in World War II-era war crimes at a Nazi concentration camp.
The former Nazi concentration camp guard took up residence in Queens, New York in 1949, and his lived there ever since. “I have a lot of Jewish friends who said to me about this man living in Queens,” said Trump.
“That’s where I grew up. And he was… not just a prison guard, he was a prison guard that supervised the killing of many, many Jews… And he’s lived here for decades. And he walks the street of Jackson Heights. I know Jackson Heights very well. I walked the same streets.”
“People came up to me… they tell me about this Nazi who lived in Queens, who walks the street like he owns the place.”
“Dov Hikind, who’s a very Democrat assemblyman from New York… He was giving me such praise. It was so nice. He said ‘thank you, Mr. President. Thank you’. It was so nice to watch, because of the fact he’s a Democrat.”
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