Ninety-year-old Jakob Denzinger sits by his apartment window in Croatia aware that he has become embroiled in a legal battle thousands of kilometres away in Washington.
For Denzinger is one of dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals who were allowed to collect pensions if they agreed to leave the US in the 1970s.
Denzinger and others lied about their Nazi pasts particularly if they had served in any of the notorious concentration camps. They fled to America following World War ll and became US citizens..
Denzinger moved to Ohio – set up a business, raised a family and paid his taxes.
But In the 70s the US Justice Department’s Nazi-hunting office decided to encourage suspects to leave the US, reaching the pensions deal if they they renounced their US citizenship.
The so-called legal loophole has finally come to light outraging several members of Congress including Democrat Carolyn Maloney:
“This loophole needs to be closed, I will work hard to close it and not only now but in the future.”
Back in Croatia Denzinger is still claiming his US pension, but at the age of 90 he says the problem will soon be resolved one way or another.