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Nazi War Criminals Still Receiving Social Security Checks

AP

AP

BY: October 28, 2014 4:16 pm

Nazi war criminals are still receiving Social Security benefits from the U.S. government despite their past crimes against Jewish people, prompting outrage from numerous Jewish organizations.

“Nazi war criminals who once lived in the United States and faced investigation by the Justice Department continue to collect Social Security payments through a legal loophole, despite having left the country and renounced their U.S. citizenship,” B’nai B’rith International (BBI) wrote in a recent press release calling on Congress to change the law.

“Since moving abroad, these former Nazis have lived undisturbed lives, collecting additional entitlements from the governments of the countries in which they reside,” the group wrote. “B’nai B’rith urges these governments to cease providing benefits to such individuals and force them to stand trial.”

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) also expressed outrage over the Nazi loophole.

“Congress and the Obama administration should explore every available legal tool and be creative and determined in amending current law to ensure that no Nazi perpetrators receive benefits paid by American taxpayers,” ADL said in a statement on Tuesday.

“Now that most suspected Nazi perpetrators have been deported or have fled the U.S., it is time to focus on ending any possible remaining federal benefits from being paid to them,” ADL said.