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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.


24 June 2007: Leaving day/flying to Dallas-Fort Worth

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How come it took so long to find out about her past? The article does not really explain this.


09-02-2005 Applications for AOS, EAD, and AP received by MSC

10-21-2005 AOS fingerprint notice for 12-08-2005

11-07-2005 AP approved

12-05-2005 Infopass appt at San Jose office for interim EAD -- Refused, because it is already approved by MSC on 11-07-2005

12-07-2005 Attempt at interim EAD at San Francisco office -- no go. Back to San Jose, where CSO (chief station officer) tells they will contact MSC via email to request permission to issue interim EAD

12-08-2005 Biometrics for AOS and EAD. Having no EAD appt letter was no problem (used EAD NOA)

12-15-2005 EAD arrived in the mail

12-24-2005 Received interview letter; interview scheduled 03-01-2006

01-28-2006 Received replacement SSN card in married name (5 wks since application)

03-01-2006 AOS interview -- approved; received stamp in the passport

03-13-2006 Green card arrived in the mail

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Filing for removal of conditions

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How come it took so long to find out about her past? The article does not really explain this.

fema was working on it

LOL


July 12, 2002 - Married

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May 18, 2005 - Sent Certified Mail USPS with Money Order for fees

May 20, 2005 - Received Date

June 2, 2005 - Notice Date

June 6, 2005 - Received NOA1

September 10, 2005No action to date

December 1, 2005 -Approved

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August 25, 2005 - Sent Certified Mail USPS with Money Order for fees

August 26, 2005 - USPS tracking shows Delivered, August 26, 2005, 1:54 pm, CHICAGO, IL 60680

September 7, 2005 - "touched" I think

September 12, 2005 - Received NOA1 showing receipt date of August 30, 2005

October 17, 2005 - APPROVED!!!

November 27, 2005 - Received by NVC

November 3, 2005 - RFE received from Consulate

November 18, 2005 - RFE delivered to Consulate

November 28, 2005 - Instructions received

December 6, 2005 - Medical Appt Much confusion and lack of communication by Physicians caused much delay :(

March 23 - Checklist received

May 12 - Packet 4 received

June 1 - Interview

June 1 - APPROVED!!!!!

June 7 - Steve Arrived home

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How come it took so long to find out about her past? The article does not really explain this.

fema was working on it

Maybe the ACLU were protecting her rights..


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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.


“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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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.


"Credibility in immigration policy can be summed up in one sentence: Those who should get in, get in; those who should be kept out, are kept out; and those who should not be here will be required to leave."

"...for the system to be credible, people actually have to be deported at the end of the process."

US Congresswoman Barbara Jordan (D-TX)

Testimony to the House Immigration Subcommittee, February 24, 1995

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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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