High School students protested outside the New York City home of Jakiw Palij, the last known Nazi concentration camp still alive in the U.S.
Palij, who is 92, lives on his government-supplied Social Security checks and continues to cause his neighbors nightmares according to an article in The Daily News.
Eli Rosenbaum, the most famous of the Nazi hunters, called Palij “an essential component in the machinery of annihilation.” The Justice Department said that Palij worked at the concentration camp, Treblinka, in Poland during World War II.
Palij was ordered deported from the U.S. in 2004, but no country in Europe was willing to accept him, and he was returned to the United States. He first moved to America in 1949 and became a U.S. citizen in 1957.
It is outrageous that a Nazi who is involved in killing thousands of innocent men, women, and children should be able to walk the same streets that we do. That these events took place generations ago when neither I nor my classmates were born, does not take away from our obligation to remember what evil is and to forcefully speak out against it.
— Benjamin Kattan – Student protesting outside Palij home
Neighbors who live near Palij describe him as a good neighbor, although many are growing weary of the protests in the area.