95-year-old Nazi war criminal deported from New York back to Germany

ByCandace McCowan, Eyewitness News WABC logo
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
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Candace McCowan reports on the deportation from Jackson Heights.

NEW YORK -- Exclusive video from ABC News captured ICE agents arresting a notorious Nazi war criminal in Queens, New York.

On Monday, Jakiw Palij was deported to Germany after he had lied about his identity for years.

The exclusive ABC News video shows ICE agents removing 95-year-old Palij from his Jackson Heights home in a wheelchair. He was then put on a stretcher and taken away.

He didn't answer questions.

Palij had been in the United States since 1949 and became a citizen less than a decade later. The White house said he had concealed his Nazi service.

He's accused of working at a Nazi death camp.

The White House said he admitted in 2001 that he trained in a Nazi SS Training Camp in Poland. Palij was ordered deported in 2004, but Germany wouldn't accept him. That changed this week.

The White House Press Secretary said in a statement, "Palij's removal sends a strong message: The United States will not tolerate those who facilitated Nazi crimes and other human rights violations, and they will not find a safe haven on American soil."

The Trump administration pledged to deport Palij, saying that he shouldn't live out his last days in this country.

Palij has said in the past that he was "never a collaborator."