Open Thread: Should There be a Statute of Limitations for Nazi War Criminals?by Stephen Littau
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) Federal authorities have begun deportation proceedings against an 85-year-old suburban Atlanta man who they say served as a Nazi guard and trained and handled attack dogs at the Dachau and Buchenwald concentration camps.
The Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security allege Paul Henss, a German citizen who lives in Lawrenceville, about 30 miles northeast of Atlanta, entered the U.S. in 1955 after hiding his concentration camp service.
The Department of Justice announced the action against Henss on Monday; federal authorities filed an immigration document making the allegations Sept. 4.
On Monday, in his driveway in a tidy, middle-class neighborhood where the streets are named after tennis stars, Henss said he had been an SS soldier and had trained German shepherds and Rottweilers during World War II, but he angrily denied being a war criminal.
The question: Should there be a statute of limitations on Nazi war criminals (or war criminals in general) or are the actions of this man so horrible that he should be deported or worse? If the man was only dog handler for the SS should he be considered a war criminal? Should the term “war criminal” apply to anyone who served in any capacity (no matter how minor) in support of the Nazi cause?