US strips man of citizenship for war crimes

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2 April 2007, Washington (dpa) - The US has stripped citizenship from a Ukrainian native who served Hitler's Nazi regime by allegedly killing Jews in a Polish ghetto in 1942. US District Judge Marianne O Battani found that John (Ivan) Kalymon of Troy, Michigan, was part of the 5th Commissariat - later designated the 7th - of the Nazi-operated Ukrainian Auxiliary Police in the city of L'viv. More than 100,000 Jews in L'viv were killed or displaced between 1942 and 1943, according to the judge's findings des

2 April 2007

Washington (dpa) - The US has stripped citizenship from a Ukrainian native who served Hitler's Nazi regime by allegedly killing Jews in a Polish ghetto in 1942.

US District Judge Marianne O Battani found that John (Ivan) Kalymon of Troy, Michigan, was part of the 5th Commissariat - later designated the 7th - of the Nazi-operated Ukrainian Auxiliary Police in the city of L'viv.

More than 100,000 Jews in L'viv were killed or displaced between 1942 and 1943, according to the judge's findings described in a statement by the US Department of Justice.

The judge said there was evidence in "captured wartime reports" that Kalymon shot Jews during the roundups.

Eli Rosenbaum, who heads the department's Office of Special Investigations, cited "irrefutable evidence" in the case - a "handwritten report" by Kalymon that accounted for the ammunition he had used in shooting Jews. The report was written for his superiors.

"It has taken 62 long years, but history has at last caught up with John Kalymon," Rosenbaum said.

Since 1979, the OSI has won cases against 105 participants in Nazi crimes and stripped them of citizenship and/or removed them from the US. Another 175 individuals suspected of wartime crimes by the Axis powers Germany, Japan and Italy were blocked from entering the US.

DPA

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