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.

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.