RIP – JOSIAS KUMPF


EXPIRED: 10/15/09 – Josias Kumpf, 84, joined the SS guard at 17 and was later accused of taking part in the Holocaust including a murderous November 1943 Nazi operation that went by the code name ‘Harvest festival’ in which, over two days, 42,000 Jewish men, women and children were murdered at three Nazi camps in eastern Poland. His job was to stand guard over a pit where prisoners were being gunned down and “finish off” the wounded at Trawniki concentration camp.

After World War II, he emigrated to the United States in 1956 and settled in Wisconsin, becoming a naturalized United States citizen in 1964.

In 2003, the United States sued to strip him of his U.S. nationality and he was deported to Austria in March 2009. 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.

He died less than a month later in Vienna.

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One response to “RIP – JOSIAS KUMPF

  1. Everyone in the military is forced to do things they would often rather not morally do. He had no choice in the matter, and in that environment wouldn’t know the reality of the situation. This man was 17. Anyone alive in Nazi Germany should be just as responsible as he was. He was a soldier. He did his job.

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