For years, the US Justice Department used the promise of continuing Social Security benefits as a way of getting Nazi war criminals and and former SS officers to leave the country, according to an AP investigation. The program, which has potentially cost America millions of tax dollars and exploited a legal loophole, has apparently kept dozens of retired Nazis afloat as they lived out their golden years in the friendly countries we dumped them into.
Dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals and SS guards collected millions of dollars in U.S. Social Security benefits after being forced out of the United States, an Associated Press investigation has found.
The payments, underwritten by American taxpayers, flowed through a legal loophole that gave the U.S. Justice Department leverage to persuade Nazi suspects to leave the U.S. If they agreed to go, or simply fled before deportation, they could keep their Social Security, according to interviews and internal U.S. government records.