US expulsion upheld for man in Ukraine Nazi force

20th September 2011, Comments 0 comments

A US appellate board Tuesday denied an appeal from a Michigan man who has been ordered expelled for participating in acts of Nazi-sponsored persecution of Jews during World War II in Ukraine, officials said.

The Board of Immigration Appeals has dismissed the appeal of 90-year-old John (Ivan) Kalymon of Troy, Michigan, according to a Justice Department statement.

The board upheld a Detroit immigration judge's decision on January 31 to deport Kalymon for shooting Jews while serving voluntarily as an armed member of the Nazi-sponsored Ukrainian Auxiliary Police in German-occupied Ukraine.

"John Kalymon and his Ukrainian Police accomplices were indispensable participants in Nazi Germany's campaign to exterminate the Jews of Europe during World War II," said Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer.

"Their actions ensured that tens of thousands of Jewish men, women and children were murdered in L'viv or rounded up and shipped to the Nazi death camp in Belzec or Nazi forced labor camps. The Justice Department remains steadfast in our resolve to ensure that Holocaust perpetrators are not granted safe haven in this country."

The US took steps in 2009 to start expulsion proceedings against Kalymon.

A charging document in 2009 said that from May 1942 to March 1944, while a member of the auxiliary police force, Kalymon "personally shot Jews ... killing at least one."

He also allegedly took part in "operations in which Jews were forcibly deported to be murdered in gas chambers and to serve as slave laborers."

Kalymon immigrated to the United States in May 1949 from Germany, where he had fled in the war's closing months, concealing his Nazi past from US immigration officials.

His US citizenship, obtained in October 1955, was revoked by a federal judge in Detroit in March 2007.

© 2011 AFP

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