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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/5366680.stm

An elderly German woman who kept secret her role as a Nazi concentration camp guard for more than 60 years has been deported from the US, it has emerged.

Elfriede Rinkel, who was married to a Jewish man, was described as a "nice, sweet lady" by those who knew her.

Mrs Rinkel, 84, never revealed the grim details of her past during the 47 years she lived in San Francisco.

But earlier this month US officials uncovered her role as a guard during WWII, and deported her back to Germany.

Mrs Rinkel's husband Fred was a German Jew who arrived in the US after escaping the Holocaust. He died in 2004, never learning of his wife's secret.

'Horrific mistreatment'

According to the US Department of Justice, Mrs Rinkel served as a guard at the Ravensbruck women's labour camp in Germany from June 1944 until April 1945, when it was abandoned by the Nazis.

There she worked with an SS-trained attack dog, but was not a member of the Nazi party.

Attack dogs were used to march malnourished inmates back and forth from slave labour sites each day, the department added.

An estimated 90,000 people died at the camp during WWII.

"Concentration camp guards such as Elfriede Rinkel played a vital role in the Nazi regime's horrific mistreatment of innocent victims," Assistant Attorney General Alice Fisher said.

"This case reflects the government's unwavering commitment to remove Nazi persecutors from this country."

Mrs Rinkel is said to have left Germany for America in 1959, but never applied for citizenship.

Her lawyer, Alison Dixon, believed her marriage to a Jew could have "been a type of atonement for her".

"She married a Jewish man, and she gave to Jewish charities," she told the LA Times.

Relatives were said to be shocked by the revelation, which emerged after court documents were released on Tuesday.

Mrs Rinkel has also handed back a burial plot she had reserved for herself next to her husband's grave.

Gene Kaufman, the director of the Sinai Memorial Chapel where the grave lies, said: "She was just such a pleasant-looking lady and very small. Such a nice, sweet lady who seemed to have a very loving relationship with her husband."

Mrs Rinkel was deported on 1 September under a settlement agreement with the US government.

Under federal law in the US, immigrants who participated in acts of Nazi-led persecution must be deported.

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When we will have similar news with the wardens from Guantanamo?

Yeah cos it's so similar...fffs... :no:

Hrmmm...Nazi Germany....or guards baking cookies for detainees....hrmm lemme think about this a sec...

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Sounds like her Nazi past was something she took part in out of fear, if she loved her husband so much. I'm sure her love for him was in part a function of her deep regret. What she did was disgusting, but I question the usefulness of deporting old people.

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She emmigrated it appears 15 years after the end of WW2 and lied about her past.

Nice to see that some jutice has been done, limited though it may be.

Mind you the questions about Nazi affiliation appear a bit dated, especially when there are so many new contendors.

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Mind you the questions about Nazi affiliation appear a bit dated, especially when there are so many new contendors.

Amen! We shouldn't forget, but it has become such a cliche to go after even dubious Nazi affiliation. It is somehow now a benchmark of being enlightened and self righteous.

It has become more an exercise in political correctness rather than consistent proscecution of crimes against humanity. Especially when there are "thugs" that tortured and murdered their own people only to flee later to the USA for asylum. Some are here as "refugees".

Consistency is much more credible than cliches.

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The office in DOJ that investagates this stuff probably has to justify their not being shut down, so they toss out of the country some 80 year old woman. Whether former Nazis should be bounced I guess you should follow the law, but what if it was found out that someone from Japan flew one of the planes into Pearl Harbor, to me that's just as bad as anything a Nazi could done from the U.S.'s point of view, but nothing would be done. Seems to be selective punishment of WWII crimes.

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The office in DOJ that investagates this stuff probably has to justify their not being shut down, so they toss out of the country some 80 year old woman. Whether former Nazis should be bounced I guess you should follow the law, but what if it was found out that someone from Japan flew one of the planes into Pearl Harbor, to me that's just as bad as anything a Nazi could done from the U.S.'s point of view, but nothing would be done. Seems to be selective punishment of WWII crimes.

True. We had an 80 year old woman in the UK a few years back who admitted that she had been passing classified "official secrets" materials to the Soviet Union back in 50's and 60's. Curiously it prompted a whole slew of people to come forward with similar claims. None of them were tried.

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