Dusseldorf, Germany – President Trump ensured a measure of justice on this world to the former Nazi prison guard who lived in Queens for 70 years.
Jakiw Palij, who was deported by Trump a few months ago, just died in a retirement home in Dusseldorf, the German city he was sent to.
“I am so thankful to @realDonaldTrump for making the case a priority,” said U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, who announced the death. “Removing the former Nazi prison guard from the US was something multiple Presidents just talked about – but President Trump made it happen.”
Palij, 95, was a Ukrainian who served as a prison guard in the notorious Trawniki labor camp in Poland where 6,000 Jews were murdered by a shooting squad under his watch. After the war, he arrived in the United States and applied for citizenship, lying about his wartime experience. He became a citizen in 1957.
The citizenship was revoked in 2003 after he admitted that he lied to gain entry into the U.S. But no country wanted to accept him so he continued living comfortably in Queens for 15 years as the process played on.
Shortly after his inauguration in 2017, Trump made deporting Palij a priority, charging Grenell with getting Germany to accept him.
Former Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who led several rowdy protests in front of Palij’s home, tweeted that “After all of our efforts to remove this Nazi scum from the U.S. and finally with the courage of .@realDonaldTrump who actually expelled him from our midst, alas Gd has removed that dark soul from Earth. The world is a better place without Palij.”
After all of our efforts to remove this Nazi scum from the U.S. and finally with the courage of .@realDonaldTrump who actually expelled him from our midst, alas Gd has removed that dark soul from Earth. The world is a better place without Palij. H/t @RichardGrenell https://t.co/sFkiB8HobN
— Dov Hikind (@HikindDov) January 10, 2019