Nazi War Criminals Expelled From the U.S. Still Collect Social Security

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BERLIN - OCTOBER 13:  Uniforms of Nazi criminal Adolf Hitler and his regime are pictured during a press preview of 'Hitler and the Germans Nation and Crime' (Hitler und die Deutschen Volksgemeinschaft und Verbrechen) at Deutsches Historisches Museum (German Historical Museum) on October 13, 2010 in Berlin, Germany. The exhibition seeks to answer the question of why so many Germans chose to follow Hitler and his fascist ideology and so devotedly despite the horrors of World War II and the Holocaust. The exhibition will be open to the public from October 15 until February 6, 2011.  (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
Photo: Andreas Rentz/2010 Getty Images

According to an Associated Press report that could serve as the inspiration for a far less exciting follow-up to Inglourious Basterds, the Justice Department persuaded Nazi war criminals to leave the United States quickly and quietly by allowing them to continue receiving Social Security payments. In 1979, the Justice Department’s Office of Special Investigations was tasked with forcing Nazis who immigrated after World War II out of the country. The deportation process could take up to ten years, so OSI allegedly bargained with the suspects, pointing out that, because of a legal loophole, they could keep their Social Security benefits if they fled to another country and renounced their citizenship before being deported.

The Justice Department denies that payments were used as an incentive in the process nicknamed “Nazi dumping,” but the AP found that since 1979 at least 38 of 66 suspected Nazis removed from the U.S. kept their Social Security payments. Over the years they collected millions in benefits, and at least four alleged Nazis are still living in Europe on U.S. Social Security.