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March 15, 2000
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A former member of the Nazi SS who was deported after living in the United States for nearly 45 years arrived in Austria. Ferdinand Hammer, 78, was stripped of his U.S. citizenship in 1996 for concealing his wartime activities. Hammer faces no charges in Austria, according to officials in Vienna, whose comments drew criticism from the top U.S. Nazi hunter. “It is dismaying that such an announcement was made before the Austrian government even investigated the case,” said Eli Rosenbaum of the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Special Investigations.

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