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A.d.l. Asks United States to Deport Slovak Nazi Collaborator

The Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith asked Attorney General William P. Rogers today to order the expulsion from this country of Ferdinand Durcansky, one-time foreign minister of the Nazi puppet State of Slovakia.

Arnold Forster, general counsel of the ADL, asked the Attorney General to initiate deportation proceedings against Durcansky on the grounds that his record as a Nazi collaborator and war criminal made him an “excludable alien” under the immigration laws. He pointed out that Durcansky was accused of responsibility for the first anti-Jewish laws in the puppet state of Slovakia which “resulted in the disappearance of 68, 000 Jews of whom 60, 000 are estimated to have been killed.”

Durcansky was tried in absentia by the post-war Benes Government in Czechoslovakia for collaboration and crimes against humanity and was sentenced to death. He was admitted to the United States in February, 1959. His brother, Jan Durcansky, was arrested in Buenos Aires earlier this month on a Czechoslovak warrant.

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