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Posted on Sep 21, 2006

The Ravensbruck women’s labor camp in Germany where Rinkel was a guard.

Elfriede Rinkel, 84, was deported on Sept. 1 after U.S. officials discovered her past as a guard at a Nazi concentration camp.  For almost five decades no one knew her secret, including the Jewish man she married.


Relatives were said to be shocked by the revelation, which emerged after court documents were released on Tuesday.

Mrs Rinkel has also handed back a burial plot she had reserved for herself next to her husband’s grave.

Gene Kaufman, the director of the Sinai Memorial Chapel where the grave lies, said: “She was just such a pleasant-looking lady and very small. Such a nice, sweet lady who seemed to have a very loving relationship with her husband.”


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By C. Knight, September 21, 2006 at 1:18 pm Link to this comment
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Colonel, will we also start deportation proceedingss against Palestinians in the United States who have supported the brutalization and murder of Israeli civilians over the past 50 years?

Are you capable of seeing more than one side of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict?

Your posts seem to suggest you are not.

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By Colonel, September 21, 2006 at 9:59 am Link to this comment
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When the U.S.Justice Department deports it’s last German centenarian who was a hospital orderly in a nazi concentration camp, maybe it can start deportation proceedings against the hundreds of thousands of Israelis in the United States who have participated in the brutalization and murder of Palestinians over the last 50 years.

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By littleguy, September 21, 2006 at 8:16 am Link to this comment
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And what a bout the other nazi’s the CIA worked with, that was okay? Typical stuff from this country, nazi or no nazi the little person gets it in t end.

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