Report confirms it: U.S. gov’t paid millions to Nazis

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By VICTORIA JONES
Talk Radio News Service

WASHINGTON – In a report triggered by an AP investigation, the top watchdog at the Social Security Administration found the agency paid $20.2 million in benefits to more than 130 suspected Nazi war criminals, SS guards and others who may have participated in the Third Reich’s atrocities during World War II. The payments are far greater than previously estimated and occurred between February 1962 and January 2015 when a new law called the No Social Security for Nazis Act kicked in and ended retirement benefits for four beneficiaries.

The American public had no idea about the size of the influx of Nazi persecutors into the U.S., with estimates ranging as high as 10,000. Many lied about their Nazi pasts to get into the U.S. and even became American citizens. They got jobs and didn’t say much about what they did during the war.

But the U.S. was slow to react. It wasn’t until 1979 that a special Nazi-hunting unit, the Office of Special Investigations, was created within the Justice Department. AP found that Justice used a legal loophole to persuade Nazi suspects to leave the U.S. in exchange for Social Security benefits.  If they agreed to go voluntarily, or simply fled the country before being deported, they could keep their benefits.

If a BBC filmmaker can find hundreds of suspected Nazi war criminals, why can’t the authorities?

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The story which causes us to ask this question is about a Nazi-era expert who – while working on a documentary for the BBC – was told – he claims – by the network – that information about his discovery of hundreds of suspected Nazis should not be turned over to authorities. There is a debate in this decree as well of course. What is the responsibility of the filmmaker, working on behalf of the network? Is it to report what he believes he discovered? Or is it to adhere to standards that suggest his job is to report through his work. And not do the job of authorities.

But it also raises a secondary question. If he can find these alleged Nazis, why can’t(or won’t) the authorities?

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Bills would strip Social Security from Nazis

By JAMES CULLUM
Talk Radio News Service

CAPITOL HILL – The House and Senate have crafted bills that will deny former Nazis and Nazi collaborators from collecting Social Security benefits.

“It’s unacceptable that some of the most heinous perpetrators of war crimes are receiving Social Security benefits on account of a loophole,” Rep. Michael Becerra (D-CA), ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee, said in a statement. ”Social Security must be preserved for hard-working individuals who’ve earned it, not for participants in the atrocities of the Holocaust. The horrific crimes of the Holocaust must never be forgiven or forgotten.”

There are dozens of former Nazis who have collected millions in Social Security payments, according to the Associated Press.

The House legislation would:

Reaffirm the longstanding American view that Nazi perpetrators of the Holocaust engaged in a uniquely horrifying form of evil, and that the genocide they committed must be punished.
Amend the law to stop benefit payments to those stripped of U.S. citizenship due to participation in Nazi activities or who voluntarily renounced their citizenship due to such participation. (Those who are judicially deported are already ineligible for Social Security under current law.)
Require a report to Congress on the number of Nazis whose benefits have been terminated by the Social Security Administration.

 

 

SON OF NAZI LOOTER AGREES TO RETURN STOLEN ART

By JNS.org

Cornelius Gurlitt, who has hoarded billions of dollars worth of Nazi-looted art, has agreed to return all the works to their original owners or their descendants, many of whom were Jewish, his legal custodian said Wednesday.

The art works were discovered in February 2012 when German police raided Gurlitt’s Munich apartment as part of an investigation into possible tax evasion. Gurlitt got the art from his father, who had been a buyer and seller of the so-called “degenerate art” on Hitler’s orders during the Nazi era.

Gurlitt wants to “return all (artworks) that have been stolen or robbed from Jewish ownership to each of their owners or descendants,” lawyer Christoph Edel told the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper.

The first piece to be return would be a portrait by Henri Matisse titled “Sitting Woman.” The painting once belonged to Jewish art collector Paul Rosenberg. After being looted by the Nazis, the piece ended up in German air force chief Hermann Goering’s collection before making it to Gurlitt’s apartment.

Another 180 works of art, beyond the original art collection discovered in Gurlitt’s Munich apartment, were discovered later at Gurlitt’s Austrian home and include a 1903 Claude Monet painting of London’s Tower Bridge.

But authorities believe the second collection may have been owned by Gurlitt’s grandfather Louis, and therefore cannot be suspected of including Nazi-looted art. German law states that only works acquired from 1933 through the present, but created before 1945, can be investigated as Nazi-looted art, according to the Jerusalem Post.

NEO-NAZIS TRAVEL TO KIEV

The turmoil and uncertainty in Ukraine has spawned disturbing developments not involving Ukrainians nor Russians. Neo-Nazis, from Europe, have gone to Kiev. Their stated goal: save the white race.

Meanwhile, Viktor Yanokovych, the deposed president of Ukraine, speaking in Russia and in Russian, says he is still the leader of his country and that he fled, not because he was overthrown but because he was in fear for is life. The news conference, his first public appearance in days, comes as armed men surround one airport and occupy a second in Ukraine’s Crimea. Ukrainian officials claim Russia is behind the move.