Taxpayers gave over $20 million worth of Social Security to former Nazi’s

Since the end of World War II, much of America’s immigration has either come from illegals entering the country across our open borders, through H1B invitations seeking cheaper labor to replace skilled American workers, or from a more ambiguous means that came from our fighting never ending wars around the globe.  And over the past 70 years this has included people’s such as former Nazi’s via Operation Paperclip, Vietnamese refugees during America’s decade in Southeast Asia, and the more recent inclusion of Middle Eastern and Somali Muslims which has led our ‘melting pot’ to become increased with people’s not necessarily choosing to become Americans, but with those who simply wanted to get away from their own nation’s bad outlook.

Yet when these millions of alternate entry immigrants come to America, they very often enter into the vast welfare and insurance systems that now take up over $1 trillion of the U.S.’s annual budget.  And in a new study to be published in the coming days, American taxpayers will have shelled out over $20 million to provide social security benefits to former Nazi members, who probably should have been incarcerated rather than given retirement benefits out of  the U.S.’s coffers.

In a forthcoming report triggered by an Associated Press investigation, the top watchdog at the Social Security Administration found the agency paid $20.2 million in benefits to more than 130 suspected Nazi war criminals, SS guards, and others who may have participated in the Third Reich’s atrocities during World War II.

The report, scheduled for public release this week, used computer-processed data and other internal agency records to develop a comprehensive picture of the total number of Nazi suspects who received benefits and the dollar amounts paid out. The Social Security Administration last year refused AP’s request for those figures.

The payments are far greater than previously estimated and occurred between February 1962 and January 2015, when a new law called the No Social Security for Nazis Act kicked in and ended retirement payments for four beneficiaries. The report does not include the names of any Nazi suspects who received benefits.

The large amount of the benefits and their duration illustrate how unaware the American public was of the influx of Nazi persecutors into the U.S., with estimates ranging as high as 10,000. Many lied about their Nazi pasts to get into the U.S. and even became American citizens. They got jobs and said little about what they did during the war. – Associated Press

It should probably not be surprising that the U.S. government hid or ignored the issue of Nazi’s in America for decades, especially since many were quietly filtered into the country by intelligence agencies and corporations to help in the Cold War battle against the Soviet Union.  Yet the hypocrisy of holding trials in Nuremberg, only to later ignore the horrific actions of these same individuals when it could lead to accelerating America’s space program, intelligence services, and military industrial complex, is a slap in the face to all the men and women who fought to end Nazi imperialism and save several cultures from their brutality, and in one case, their program of genocide.


The bible states that the Love of money is the root of many evils, and like today’s Justice Department refusing to indict bankers who steal trillions of dollars from the American people, so too is the ability to overlook extraordinary criminal behavior for profit a sad chapter in our nation’s history.  And included in that book is the fact that not only were these Nazi criminals shielded within the confines of the U.S., but were also paid over $20 million dollars in social security that was the legacy of the men and women who had sent their children to die on foreign soil against them.

Kenneth Schortgen Jr is a writer for,, and To the Death Media, and hosts the popular web blog, The Daily Economist. Ken can also be heard Wednesday afternoons giving an weekly economic report on the Angel Clark radio show.