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ID:

697

Date:

2014-10-20

Headline:

Millions in Social Security for expelled Nazis

Reporter's name:

David Rising, Randy Herschaft and Richard Lardner

Delay/denial:

No

Lawsuit:

No

Fees:

No

Media outlet:

Associated Press

City:

Osijek, Croatia

Summary:

Dozens of European emigrants who became American citizens after World War II and turned out to have participated in Nazi atrocities continued to receive Social Security benefits overseas even after being identified and threatened with deportation, and relinquishing their citizenship, according to an investigation by the Associated Press.

Notes:

The Associated Press used FOIA, interviews, and other resources to review government policymaking among the State Department, Social Security Administration, NARA, and the Department of Justice, whose Office of Special Investigations had hunted ex-Nazis since 1979 with a congressional mandate to expedite their departure.

Keywords:

Social Security, benefits, Nazi, World War II, Germany, war, war crimes, immigration, Social Security Administration, SSA, State Department, Department of Justice, DOJ, National Archives and Research Administration, NARA, Office of Special Investigations, OSI

Impact:

The Associated Press investigation and reporting led to the passage of H.R. 5739, the "No Social Security for Nazis Act," which changed eligibility standards for benefits to exclude people confirmed to have been complicit in Nazi actions in World War II.

URL:

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/eb4a5ff7c40e49bcb310b4ca77694795/expelled-nazis-paid-millions-social-security


Agencies:

DOJ
NARA
SSA
STATE

States:

AZ
DC
MN
MT
NJ
NY
OH

Categories:

foreign affairs
general government
immigration


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