ADL Calls for Congressional Action to End Social Security Payments to Nazi War Criminals

New York, NY, October 28, 2014 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today called on Congress and the administration to ensure that no Social Security benefits are paid to those who participated in Nazi atrocities during World War II.

While existing law already strips benefits from Nazi criminals who have been deported from the United States, a handful who left the country voluntarily continue to collect benefits. Some congressional leaders have already announced plans to introduce legislation when the 113th Congress reconvenes for a final session after the November 4 election.

Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director and a Holocaust survivor, issued the following statement:

Congress and the Obama Administration should explore every available legal tool and be creative and determined in amending current law to ensure that no Nazi perpetrators receive benefits paid by American taxpayers.

For decades, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Special Investigations has been a model for leaving no stone unturned in identifying Nazi persecutors and using every possible tool to deny them the privilege of living out their lives in the freedom and comfort of this country. 

Now that most suspected Nazi perpetrators have been deported or have fled the U.S., it is time to focus on ending any possible remaining federal benefits from being paid to them.

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today it is the world’s leading organization combating anti-Semitism, exposing hate groups, training law enforcement on hate crimes, developing anti-bias education programs for students, countering cyber-hate and relentlessly pursuing equal rights for all.

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