ATLANTA (AP) _ An 85-year-old Georgia man accused of being a Nazi dog handler has returned to Germany rather than fight to stay in the U.S.
A federal prosecutor told a judge yesterday at a deportation hearing in Atlanta that Paul Henss of Lawrenceville left Friday for his native Germany.
U.S. Immigration Judge J. Dan Pelletier ordered him deported after a 30-minute hearing conducted without Henss or an attorney on his behalf present.
Henss was accused of training and handling attack dogs at the Dachau and Buchenwald concentration camps. The government said Henss, a German citizen, assisted in the Nazi persecution of Jews, a crime punishable by deportation under U.S. immigration law.
He acknowledged to reporters last month at his home in Lawrenceville that he had trained dogs but said he fought in Russia and never set foot inside Dachau or Buchenwald.
According to a charging document, Henss admitted in a sworn statement March 13th that he served as an SS guard at Dachau and Buchenwald for two to three months each as a dog handler.
Henss said he had lived in Georgia for 10 years.