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Do You Want Nazis as Neighbors?


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Jakiw Palij of Queens has it pretty good. He walks around freely enjoying the benefits of a quiet community and the freedom that Americans like you and me enjoy.

But Palij is not like you and me. Palij is a Nazi.

As shocking and insulting and horrifying as it is, Nazi war criminals are still living freely among us.

Palij, an ex-Nazi slave-labor camp guard, continues to live in Jackson Heights, N.Y., because the United States has, thus far, found it difficult to get rid of him. He can’t be deported to the country he came from – the country where he guarded Jewish concentration camp prisoners – because nobody wants him. Not Poland. Not Germany. Palij is a Nazi without a country, so we have been stuck with him until now.

One reporter noted that Palij has dropped his sieg heil salute for a ho hum. He’s not worried. He feels safe here, and why shouldn’t he? Other than several hundred yeshiva students and a handful of Holocaust survivors who recently turned out with me to protest at his home, Palij has had it pretty good in Queens. America has pretty much left him alone. The Jewish community has left him alone, too.

It is an insult to decency. It is an affront to justice. Worst of all, it is a vile slur to the innocent souls of the men, women and children murdered for the crime of just being Jewish.

And Palij is not alone. There are several other Nazis just like him that we know of who are still alive and living illegally in this country.

Some people have had the nerve to say, “They are old now – why bother?” But what of the hundreds and thousands of innocent victims who were tortured and murdered by these criminals? While some infants were tossed in the air and caught on bayonets for sport, plenty of Nazi victims – plenty of our parents and grandparents – were elderly when they met the fury of these villains. Do we have no obligation to their memories?

Is our message to our children – and to those who would exterminate us – that Jewish blood is cheap?

Some months ago, Congressman Michael Grimm joined me in calling on Germany to accept all Nazi war criminals living illegally in the United States. “The rights and freedoms we enjoy in America should not extend to those who commit genocide,” said Congressman Grimm, a member of the board of the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington. “Nazi war criminals who are living in this country illegally should not be here and we will not rest easy while they are.”

More recently, the Justice Department, which stripped Palij of his citizenship, concurred. I was assured that steps are being taken to rid this country once and for all of illegal Nazi émigrés. But we all know how the wheels of justice turn slowly. Indeed, they are so slow that Palij, our Nazi neighbor in Queens, is now 91. And other Nazi war criminals who have been identified by the U.S. Justice Department – Nazis who had been ordered deported by the U.S. but have never left the country – are enjoying their twilight years here, too: Theodor Szehinskyj in West Chester, Pennsylvania; John Kalymon in Troy, Michigan.

It’s sickening. This farce has gone on too long.

Why are these Nazi war criminals still here? Two reasons: The first is because of a technicality. The U.S. has been unable to deport them because there’s no country that wants them.

The second is because we have been too quiet. It’s time to get loud.

So I call on all of you to join me and raise your voices. I ask all of you to cease tolerating Nazi murderers as your neighbors. We can’t let technicalities impede justice any longer. We don’t want these murderers living among the descendants of the decent people they tortured. Their presence here mocks the memory of the murdered.

It is our obligation to remove this evil from among us.

Help me convince the German government to accept Nazi war criminals into Germany so that these mass murderers can finally be prosecuted. Please sign the petition to remove Nazi war criminals living illegally in the U.S. at change.org/petitions/u-s-department-of-justice-deport-known-nazis-who-live-in-u-s. For updates on this issue, visit DovHikind.com.

About the Author: New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind has represented the 48th Assembly District for more than three decades.


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27 Responses to “Do You Want Nazis as Neighbors?”

  1. Gina Lacera says:

    THEY GO TO THE NEIGBORHOOD OF THE SATAN THERE IS THEIR PLACE!

  2. Post his address and let things take their natural course

  3. Gideon Jones says:

    Sure, then someone can resolve the problem. Is there a data base?

  4. Debbie Callahan-Sepper says:

    If the U.S. couldn't take in and save more Jews during the Holocaust, we absolutely should not be harboring, protecting Nazi war criminals now.

    I spend a lot of my spare time writing and sharing the stories of survivors and rescuers, even in this publication with my recent article about "Eight Things Holocaust Survivors Need You to Know" (http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/eight-things-holocaust-survivors-need-you-to-know/2013/12/06/), and I will help with you fight in any way that I can.

    Thank you for this.

  5. Faleen Fedol says:

    I am not going to post it HOWEVER if you go to whitepages.com and type in his name the address, phone and map are posted

  6. We do. They’re called Christians.

  7. tired of hearing about 98 year old nazi war criminals.

  8. JoAnn Morris says:

    would you think differently if your family members were killed by a Nazi!!

  9. JoAnn Morris says:

    Always a negative response…lighten up beard face.

  10. Not just Nazis, but Muslim terrorists. That has only been 13 years. But catering to them started right after 9/11.

  11. Signed and shared…

  12. This is some of my family. Yes my family were killed by nazis. Some made it to camps. Others simply vanished never to be heard from. The photo here is all that survived WW2. What about the 130 million people the russians murdered in the 20th century under communism? No one goes after those war criminals. Any “nazi war criminal” still alive would have been in their very early 20′s to late teens at best, if not in their young teens, these guys are in their 90′s, I think G-d knows enough to punish those that got away. I believe He will. Why wouldn’t He?

  13. Haha, have a problem with beards? So did they. Pretty positive article?

  14. Morry Barak says:

    Where is this, next to an old age home? Worry about this while the country is importing moslem maniacs wholesale.

  15. Compared to the muslim training camps in this country that would be a picnic.

  16. What is worse is that the twisted philosophy of the Nazis is prevalent in non Jewish America…

  17. Clo Clo says:

    Older Germans get really paranoid when u ask them where they are from

  18. No they should have all be caught tried, convicted, and sentenced to no less than life in prison….kkc

  19. He is a G-d of justice, as well; in the western world I think sometimes we forget that and just remember the grace He has extended to each and every one on the planet. This age of grace will not always be the side of G-d people see! kkc

  20. Sue Johnson says:

    It isi not the 98 year old criminals I worry about; it is the new ones that are being produced daily.

  21. Alan Kardon says:

    I am sure that a Nazi will not want to live next door to me.

  22. publishing the names and addresses of these scum would be useful. they've stunk up the place long enough.

  23. Dan Silagi says:

    I believe the world, and the Jewish community, have much more to fear from modern-day anti-Semites, such as the BDS-holes of the left, many of whom are Jewish themselves, then some nonagenarian Nazi.

  24. let him live next to my place, he will never be 92 years old!

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