The last Nazi war criminal in the U.S.

Jakiw Palij is the last Nazi war criminal in America. Palij was an armed guard in a forced labor camp in eastern Poland. In one horrific incident at that camp, 6000 Jewish prisoners were shot on one day in 1943. Palij has been living in New York illegally for the last 15 years. There’s a standing order to deport him for lying on his immigration form. So what’s the holdup?

Eli Rosenbaum is director of the Human Rights and Special Prosecutions
Section at the Justice Department. Credit: Dept. of Justice.