Congressman Vern Buchanan

Representing the 16th District of Florida

Millions in Federal Benefits Going to Nazi War Criminals

Nov 20, 2014
Press Release

Buchanan Co-sponsors Bill to End Obscene Giveaway

“No Social Security for Hitler’s Henchmen”

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-FL, announced today that he has co-sponsored legislation (H.R. 5739) denying Social Security benefits to Nazi war criminals.

“No Social Security for Hitler’s henchmen,” Buchanan said, adding “At a time when our own war heroes are denied proper health care, it’s obscene that our government is rewarding former Nazis with Social Security benefits.”

Buchanan is Florida’s only member of the powerful House Ways & Means Committee which has jurisdiction over Social Security.

The Associated Press exposed a loophole in current law that has allowed dozens of former Nazis to collectively receive millions of dollars in Social Security payments long after they were forced out of the United States.

Among those who benefited from American taxpayer dollars, according to the AP:

  • Armed SS troops who guarded the Nazi network of death camps where millions of Jews perished.
  • An SS guard who took part in the brutal liquidation of the Warsaw ghetto in Nazi-occupied Poland that killed as many as 13,000 Jews.
  • A Nazi collaborator who engineered the arrest and execution of thousands of Jews in Poland.
  • A German rocket scientist accused of using slave labor to build the V-2 rocket that pummeled London. He later won NASA's highest honor for helping to put a man on the moon.

The bipartisan No Social Security for Nazis Act will end all public benefits to those denaturalized due to participation in Nazi persecutions or who voluntarily renounced their citizenship as part of a settlement with the Attorney General related to their participation in Nazi war atrocities. The measure also ensures the elimination of Nazi spouse benefits.

The bill was introduced in the U.S. House last night by chief sponsor Congressman Sam Johnson, a former POW in Vietnam.

(Click here to view AP report or click here to view bill text)