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Federenko Deportation Hearings Are Postponed for Two Weeks

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Two days of deportation hearings on Feodor Federenko ended last week in New Haven, Conn. with a decision to postpone further hearings for two weeks. Allan Ryan, head of the Justice Department’s Office of Special Investigation, said that if the court orders Federenko deported, he will have 30 days in which to decide which country he would like to go to.

Federenko reportedly has applied to the Soviet Union, where there are no charges pending against him, for permission to return to the USSR. He was born in the Ukraine, where his wife and two sons presently reside.

Federenko, who was a guard in the Treblinka Nazi death camp, was stripped of his citizenship last January on grounds that he had lied about his wartime activities when he applied for admission to the U.S. in 1949. He lost his citizenship after the Supreme Court rejected his appeal against a lower court’s findings that he entered the U.S. under false pretenses. When he applied for an American visa under the Displaced Persons Act, he falsely stated that he had spent the war years as a form and factory worker after his capture by the Germans in 1941.

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