Jakiv Palij: Nazi guard deported by US dies in Germany

Jakiw Palij's 1949 US visa photoImage copyright Reuters
Image caption Jakiw Palij pictured in his 1949 US visa photo

A former Nazi collaborator who served as a labour-camp guard in World War Two has died in Germany aged 95, local media report.

Jakiw Palij, who was thought to be the last Nazi collaborator living in the US, was deported to Germany last year after a lengthy legal battle.

Palij had been stateless since 2003 when a federal judge revoked his US citizenship over his Nazi links.

Reports say he died in a home for the elderly in the town of Ahlen.

Before his deportation, the former guard lived in the Queens borough of New York City.

His presence there, in a particularly diverse borough, became a point of contention when his past emerged.

His home was often picketed by protestors demanding his expulsion.

Palij’s deportation case was resolved last year when Germany agreed to take him in – despite him not possessing German citizenship.

He is believed to have been born in an area of Poland that is now in Ukraine.

In August, the 95-year-old was taken from his home in a wheelchair and flown to Dusseldorf.

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At the time Richard Grenell, the US ambassador to Germany, praised President Trump’s leadership in helping to resolve the protracted legal dispute.

After Palij’s arrival, German officials cast doubt he would ever face prosecution over alleged war crimes – citing lack of evidence.

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