Menu JTA Search

Brazil Refuses Citizenship to Ex-nazi Charged with Killing Jews

The bid of Herbert Cukurs, a former Latvian SS officer accused of responsibility of the death of 32,000 Jews in Riga during the Nazi occupation, for Brazilian naturalization has been flatly rejected by President Kubitschek, it was learned today.

Naturalization also was rejected for Cukurs’ wife and children. Cukurs who fled to Brazil after the collapse of the Nazi regime, applied for Brazilian citizenship in July and his application was rejected by Justice Minister Armano Falcao.