The U.S. government’s Nazi hunter


The U.S. government is still hunting Nazis — and other perpetrators of genocide. The New York Times profiles the man behind the Office of Special Investigations:

For 30 years, Eli M. Rosenbaum has been hunting Nazi war criminals. Even as the last of them die off, he is not giving up.

“There is still time to bring some of these people to justice, and we ought not fail to do that,” said Mr. Rosenbaum, director of the Office of Special Investigations, who arrived at that Justice Department agency as a summer intern in 1979, the year it was created, and became its chief in 1995.

Though the agency once pursued war criminals of the Nazis and their Axis allies exclusively, a 2004 law expanded its role to cover modern war criminals, in places like Bosnia and Rwanda. The office’s task is to detect war crimes suspects living in the United States, prosecute them under immigration law — seeking to denaturalize those who have obtained citizenship — and deport them, preferably to countries where they can be tried for the crimes alleged.

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