Friedrich Karl Berger KZ
Friedrich Karl Berger was a former Nazi concentration camp guard who was deported from the United States and arrived Saturday in his native Germany where he is being investigated by police for questioning, authorities said. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency said in a statement that Berger was sent back to Germany for serving as a guard of a Neuengamme concentration camp subcamp in 1945.
Mr. Berger was deported for taking part in ‘Nazi-sponsored acts of persecution’, the department said.
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Friedrich Karl Berger is 95 years as of 2021.
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Friedrich Karl Berger Neuengamme
Friedrich Karl Berger was flown out of the country on Saturday and has landed in Frankfurt. Mr. Berger has admitted working as a guard at the Neuengamme concentration camp but said he did not witness any killings or abuse of prisoners.
German prosecutors have dropped their case against him due to lack of evidence.
Berger reportedly admitted to U.S. authorities that he served as a guard at a camp in northwestern Germany, which was a subcamp of the Neuengamme concentration camp, for a few weeks near the end of the war but said he did not observe any abuse or killings, prosecutors in the German city of Celle said.
According to an ICE statement, Berger served at the subcamp near Meppen, Germany, where prisoners – Russian, Polish, Dutch, Jewish and others – were held in atrocious conditions and were forced to work to the point of exhaustion and death.’
Berger admitted that his job was to guard prisoners to prevent them from escaping.
Friedrich Karl Berger a German Citizen
German authorities confirmed Berger, who had retained German citizenship, arrived Saturday at Frankfurt and handed over to Hesse state investigators for questioning, the DPA news agency reported.
A spokesman for the prosecutor´s office in Celle said police in the German state of Hesse was asked to question him on his return to Germany. A police spokesman said there is no live investigation linked to him and he is a free individual and has not been taken in custody.
German prosecutors in Celle had investigated the possibility of bringing charges against Berger but said in December that they had shelved the probe because they had been unable to refute his own account of his service at Neuengamme.
But prosecutors asked for him to be questioned again upon his return to Germany.
Friedrich Karl Berger Oak Ridge, Tennessee
Berger was ordered expelled from the U.S. by a Memphis, Tennessee court in February 2020. The deportation of Berger was ‘possibly the last’ such US expulsion of a former Nazi, given the dwindling number of war survivors, one US official said.
In recent years, German prosecutors have successfully argued that by helping a death camp or concentration camp function, guards can be found guilty of accessory to murder even if there is no evidence of them participating in a specific killing.
Mr. Berger has been living in the US since 1959.