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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

One Fewer Nazi In Bellevue?

posted by on July 15 at 16:04 PM

The Department of Justice is asking a Washington State federal court to revoke the citizenship of a Bellevue man they believe was a member of a Nazi death squad during World War II.

The DOJ says Peter Egner, now 86, did not disclose his Nazi service when applying for citizenship, and claims he was involved in the mass murder of more than 17,000 Serbian civilians, most of whom were Jewish men, women and children.

Egner was investigated by the Office of Special Investigations (OSI), which has been involved in prosecuting former Nazis since 1979. Since then, the OSI has prosecuted 107 people for Nazi war crimes and barred 180 from entering the country.

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Jeebuz, you wouldn't think there'd be that many of those rat-bastards left.

Good to know there's at least ONE branch of the Federal Gov't still able to track down these scum - even if it did take them more than 60 years to do it.

Posted by COMTE | July 15, 2008 4:24 PM

Throw the old fucker in Gitmo...

Posted by michael strangeways | July 15, 2008 4:29 PM

betcha he's a registered republican.

Posted by brett | July 15, 2008 4:29 PM


Posted by Greg | July 15, 2008 4:36 PM

the us and the vatican helped them escape in exchange for intelligence on the soviets. they should have let the russians capture all of them. there would not have been ONE nazi left. they ( the us) wants to act all self righteous now, but they helped the mengeles and tons of others escape.

Posted by SeMe | July 15, 2008 4:37 PM

There goes another McCain/Bush vote.

Wonder what Reichert will do?

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 15, 2008 4:58 PM

As long as it doesn't involve Dustin Hoffman and a dentist drill...

Posted by spalding | July 15, 2008 5:15 PM

That's so way way gay!

Posted by Gaylord | July 15, 2008 5:36 PM

A friend of mine here in SF took over an awesome apartment from a woman whom - he found out a few weeks later when it landed in the paper - it had been discovered 60 years later had been a Nazi concentration camp nurse with a bit of a disturbing war crimes record.

I think she was hastily deported.

Posted by Dougsf | July 15, 2008 5:37 PM
Posted by Dougsf | July 15, 2008 5:38 PM

"the us and the vatican helped them escape in exchange for intelligence on the soviets. they should have let the russians capture all of them. there would not have been ONE nazi left. they ( the us) wants to act all self righteous now, but they helped the mengeles and tons of others escape."

Right. So, when we catch them now, we should just let them go.

For the same reason, if we catch people enslaving other people, we should let them go because we have uncleans on that, too.

God dam America!!!! America, stop pretending you are trying to do what's right -- we're on to you!!

Posted by PC | July 15, 2008 5:41 PM

Oh come now, are 86-year-old Nazis really all that bad? I mean, when's the last time you heard about a Nazi as a youth pastor or pit bull breeder, right?

Posted by MR. Language Person | July 15, 2008 5:45 PM

Who are the people in your neighborhood?/
In your neighborhood?/
In your neighborhood!/

Oh! They're the people that you meet/
When you're walking down the street...

Posted by Mr. Rogers or Sesame Street? | July 15, 2008 5:55 PM

no pc- u should catch them and let them rot in jail, but dont act like our country had nothing to do with the fact that they were complicit in their escape and thousands of them finding safe haven here. there are perhaps thousands of nazis who didnt go to argentina and paraguay who lived their lives out in peace here in the u s of a. the red army had them when they were closing in and the nazis knew full well if they escaped to the american occupied part of germany they would be able to escape. it hardly matters when you find them 2 weeks before they die when you could have caught them within weeks.

Posted by SeMe | July 15, 2008 6:28 PM

With apologies to the Cohen brothers...

They were Nazis Dude?
C'mon, Donnie, are splitting hairs here? They were threatening him with casteration...

Posted by Mike in MO | July 15, 2008 7:42 PM

Has Pat Buchanan been alerted? He usually discovers a burning love for the constitutional rights of the accused during moment s like this. And only during moments like this.

Posted by CP | July 16, 2008 12:55 AM

you know what? by this time all the actualy orcastraters of the polocy are dead....I find it distatseful that were going after the foot solders who were just following poloc, be comfterble indignant in front of your computer with your stable smug american life....bu not one of us can "honestly " say how we would behave in nazi germany,stalinist russia, north koria OR south koria of the 50's and 60's,tojo's japan,ahpartied south africa, casro's cuba, whats-his faces romania,saddams iraq and on and on and on...terror fear and oppression makes you do strange terrorizing and oppressing

Posted by linus | July 16, 2008 2:12 AM

Yes, linus, we're familiar with the Milgram study. However, laws and justice do not exist to reflect human behavior, but to shape it.

Posted by Greg | July 16, 2008 9:20 AM

What happens in war, happens in war. Period.
Obviously he has left his past behind him.

Before folks get all righteous, one should look at the fact that it could one day come to bite current US soldiers in the bum should it be declared unanimously our occupation of Iraq unjust.

It was 50+ years ago. It was his job. It's over. Let the man live out his life in peace.

Posted by Bandit | July 16, 2008 10:49 AM

is Linus a dyslexic 13 year old?

Posted by michael strangeways | July 16, 2008 11:40 AM


I'm generally averse to using the anonymity of public fora to be rude to strangers. But after reading your post, I felt like I'd taken one long, luxuriant, exfoliating idiot-bath. What you've written is undoubtedly the stupidest thing I've read in many a moon.

First off, the Serbian Jews under consideration were not combatants. They appear to have been killed because they were Jews. Second, the citizen under consideration entered the country after falsifying information that, if disclosed, would have prevented his entry. Third, if American soldiers are committing equivalent atrocities, then yes, they should be prosecuted.

Viewed from any angle, your post is the product of a defective moral education.

Have a good day.

Posted by Stephen Wood | July 16, 2008 11:50 AM

Hey, Linus may be on to something... who were the orcastraters? What was this Nazi war criminal doing in the PacNW, so close to the killer whales?

Were killer whales involved in the New Swabia project?

Oh, and here's why we go after the foot soliders:

not a whole lot of generals and bigwig politicians from the 1940's are alive and in hiding right now. Math, do.

And thank you, Bandit, for reminding me how it is telecom immunity became the law of our land, and how the Nuremberg Defense is still alive and kicking.

Posted by CP | July 16, 2008 5:22 PM

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