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Josias Kumpf

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Josias Kumpf April 7, 1925 – October 15, 2009 was a Nazi concentration camp guard


  • 1 Biography
    • 11 World War II-Era
    • 12 Post-war
    • 13 Denaturalization and deportation
  • 2 References
  • 3 External links


World War II-Era

Josias Kumpf, an ethnic-German or "Volksdeutsche" born in the former Yugoslavia, served under the SS guard forces at Sachsenhausen in 1942 at the age of 17 and served there for about a year before transferring to Trawniki concentration camp in the Polish General Government Kumpf was accused of having taken part in the Holocaust; including a murderous November 1943 Nazi operation that went by the code name "Aktion Erntefest" Harvest festival in which, over two days, 43,000 Jewish men, women and children were murdered at three Nazi camps in eastern Poland He was active in the murder of 8,000 Jews on November 3, 1943 in Trawniki concentration camp, where it was his task to stand guard over a pit where prisoners were being gunned down and "finish off" the wounded, although he claimed to have never discharged his weapon


After World War II, he emigrated to the United States in 1956 and settled in Illinois, becoming a naturalized United States citizen in 1964 He worked as a sausage maker for the Vienna Hot Dog Company in Chicago before retiring in 1990 He moved to Wisconsin to be with his daughter after his wife died in 2000

Denaturalization and deportation

The United States Justice Department first approached Kumpf about his World War II-era activities in 2001 As a result of this investigation, on September 30, 2003, the United States sued to strip him of his US nationality He was formally stripped of his US citizenship on May 10, 2005, and his denaturalization was upheld by the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on February 24, 2006

After Kumpf exhausted his denaturalization appeals, the United States initiated deportation proceedings against him on July 14, 2006 He was ordered deported by an immigration judge on January 4, 2007, which was upheld by the Board of Immigration Appeals on June 16, 2008 After Kumpf exhausted his deportation appeals, he was taken from his home by immigration officials on March 18, 2009 and deported to Austria the next day However, Austria was unable to prosecute him because the statute of limitations had expired On September 17, 2009, Spain charged Kumpf and asked for his extradition Before the extradition request could be processed, however, Kumpf died that October 15 in Wilhelminenspital in Vienna


  1. ^ a b Cullotta, Karen Ann 2009-03-19 "Nazi Guard Deported to Austria" New York Times Retrieved 2009-03-22 
  2. ^ "Austria frees 'murder pits guard'" BBC 2009-03-20 Retrieved 2009-03-23 
  3. ^ Zielinski, Graeme 2003-11-27 "Man says he was in fear during Nazi service" Milwaukee Journal Sentinel p 3B Retrieved 2012-04-03 
  4. ^ a b c news networld Internetservice GmbH "Wie Josias Kumpf zur Strecke gebracht wurde Politik, Inland" Profilat Retrieved 2012-04-03 
  5. ^ a b "#255: 05-11-05 WISCONSIN MAN WHO AIDED 1943 NAZI MASS MURDER OF JEWS IS 100TH SUCCESSFUL PROSECUTION BY JUSTICE DEPARTMENT'S OSI" Justicegov 2005-05-11 Retrieved 2012-04-03 
  6. ^ "US deports SS 'murder pits guard'" BBC 2009-03-19 Retrieved 2009-03-22 
  7. ^ "#06-096: 02-24-06 COURT OF APPEALS UPHOLDS DENATURALIZATION OF WISCONSIN MAN WHO HELPED CARRY OUT 1943 NAZI MASS MURDER OF JEWS" Justicegov 1943-11-03 Retrieved 2012-04-03 
  8. ^ "#06-435: 07-14-06 Government Moves To Deport Wisconsin Man Who Helped Carry Out 1943 Nazi Mass Murder Of Jews" Justicegov 1943-11-03 Retrieved 2012-04-03 
  9. ^ "#07-001: 01-04-07 Immigration Judge Orders Deportation of Wisconsin Man Who Helped Carry Out 1943 Nazi Mass Murder of Jews" Justicegov 1943-11-03 Retrieved 2012-04-03 
  10. ^ "#08-538: Deportation Order Upheld Against Wisconsin Man Who Participated in 1943 Nazi Massacre of 8,000 Jews 2008-06-16" Justicegov 2008-06-16 Retrieved 2012-04-03 
  11. ^ "Wisconsin Man Who Participated in 1943 Massacre of 8,000 Jews Is Deported to Austria" Justicegov 2009-03-19 Retrieved 2012-04-03 
  12. ^ "World News in Brief - Haaretz - Israel News" wwwhaaretzcom Retrieved 2009-03-22 
  13. ^ "Israel News | Online Israeli News Covering Israel & The Jewish World - JPost" Frjpostcom Retrieved 2012-04-03 
  14. ^ news networld Internetservice GmbH 2009-10-16 "Exklusiv: KZ-Wächter Josias Kumpf in Wiener Spital verstorben Chronik" Profilat Retrieved 2012-04-03 

External links

  • Press Release of the US Department of Justice
  • US Court of Appeals: Case File of Josias Kumpf

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