Appeals Court Revokes Ex-Nazi's U.S. CitzenshipMay 23, 2006 12:00 a.m. EST
Yvonne Lee - All Headline News Staff Reporter
Lansing, MI (AHN) - An ex-Nazi is denied U.S. citizenship after a federal appeals court decides there is enough evidence to prove he hid his past.
The Associated Press reports the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against Iwan Mandycz's efforts to retain his citizenship.
U.S. District Judge Paul Gadola had ruled last year that the 86-year-old Polish native was not eligible to immigrate to the U.S. in 1949.
The Justice Department accuses Mandycz of lying about his Nazi past in applications for displaced person status and American citizenship. He became a U.S. citizen in 1955 and has lived in Ohio since then.
He now faces deportation. Three judges on the 6th Circuit Court found enough evidence that Mandycz was an armed guard in 1943 at Poniatowa, a labor camp in Poland.
Jews were used as slave laborers there and then killed.
The court says, "In the face of considerable evidence that Mandycz was Guard 3308 and in the absence of competing evidence that he was not, we credit the district court's amply supported finding that that is who he was."
Defense lawyers argue that Mandycz has dementia and was unable to assist in his defense. They also contend there isn't ample evidence to prove he was a Nazi guard.