US deports former Nazi camp guard to Austria

20th March 2009, Comments 0 comments

US officials say he took part in heinous acts during WW II that contributed to the death of thousands of civilians.

Washington -- A former Nazi concentration camp guard who served at death camps in Poland, France and Germany, has been deported from the United States to Austria, US officials announced Thursday.

The US Justice Department said it deported Josias Kumpf, 83, who worked as an armed SS guard at the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp in Germany and at the Trawniki Labor Camp in Poland.

Kumpf, who was born in Serbia, emigrated from Austria to America in 1956, acquired US citizenship in 1964, and settled in Racine, Wisconsin.

US officials said he took part in heinous acts during the Second World War that contributed to the death of thousands of civilians.

Prisoners under his watch at slave labor sites in Nazi-occupied France were forced to build launching platforms for German missile attacks on Britain.

While a guard at Trawniki, he participated in a November 3, 1943 mass shooting in which Jewish 8,000 men, women and children were murdered in a single day.

Kumpf helped guard the prisoners -- including approximately 400 children -- who were shot and killed in pits at Trawniki. According to Kumpf, his assignment had been to shoot to kill any survivors.

"Josias Kumpf, by his own admission, stood guard with orders to shoot any surviving prisoners who attempted to escape an SS massacre that left thousands of Jews dead," said Acting Assistant Attorney General Rita Glavin.

"His court-ordered removal from the United States to Austria is another milestone in the government's long-running effort to ensure that individuals who participated in crimes against humanity do not find sanctuary in this country," she said in a statement.

The Justice Department's Office of Special Investigations -- the US office tasked with locating and prosecuting or repatriating Nazi war criminals hiding out in the United States -- has won cases against 107 individuals since it began operations in 1979, the office said in a statement.


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