Newsgroups: alt.revisionism Followup-To: alt.revisionism Subject: Former SS-Totenkopf Sturmbann Michael Schmidt Deported Archve/File: camps/sachsenhausen/schmidt.deport Last-Modified: 1994/07/14 Here is a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice. Former Concentration Camp Guard Permanently Leaves U.S. To: National Desk, Illinois Correspondent Contact: U.S. Department of Justice, 202-514-2007 WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 [1994. ed.] -- The Department of Justice announced today that an admitted SS guard at a Nazi concentration camp in Germany in World War II, who earlier was stripped of his United States citizenship by the federal government, has left the United States and agreed never to return to this country. The department said that Michael Schmidt, 69, of Lincolnwood, Ill., a retired janitor, went to Austria, en route to permanent residence in Germany, following his admission to federal authorities that he was legally deportable. Schmidt left the U.S. after signing an agreement with the Office of Special Investigations (OSI) of the Criminal Division of the department promising never to return to this country and stating that he did not contest OSI allegations that he: 1. Participated in the Nazi-sponsored persecution of civilians while serving as an armed concentration camp guard and member of the SS-Totenkopf Sturmbann (SS Death's Head Battalion) at Sachsenhausen concentration camp in Germany. 2. Misrepresented his wartime activities for the purpose of gaining admission to the U.S. OSI Director Neal M. Sher said Schmidt signed the agreement in order to avoid trial in a deportation action instituted against him by OSI in December 1991. In January 1990, Schmidt was stripped of his U.S. citizenship by the U.S. District Court in Chicago. The court found that Schmidt assisted in the persecution of Sachsenhausen prisoners on the basis of their race, religion, or national origin. The decision was upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in January 1991. The U.S. Supreme Court subsequently refused Schmidt's request to review the case. The Sachsenhausen concentration camp was the scene of numerous atrocities -- including shootings, hangings, gassings, whippings, and a variety of grotesque medical experiments conducted on U.S. prisoners of war, Jews, Gypsies, Jehovah's Witnesses, Eastern European nationals and political prisoners. Of the 200,000 prisoners interned at Sachsenhausen, more than 100,000 died. The Schmidt case is a result of OSI's continuing investigation of Nazi persecutors residing illegally in the United States, Sher said. To date, 44 Nazi persecutors have been stripped of U.S. citizenship as a result of OSI's investigations and prosecutions, and 34 persons have been removed from the United States. More than 500 persons currently are under OSI investigation, Sher said. -30- -- Nigel Allen, Toronto, Ontario email@example.com
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