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Panel Rules Against Accused Nazi

A three-judge federal panel ordered that a Lithuanian-born man accused of participating in Nazi atrocities against Jews, Juozas Kungys, be stripped of his United States citizenship.

The panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third District, said Friday that Kungys, of Clifton, N.J., made material misrepresentations about his background when he immigrated in 1948 and obtained citizenship in 1954.

The ruling rejected a lower court’s verdict in favor of Kungys. The Office of Special Investigations (OSI), a division of the Justice Department, had accused Kungys in 1981 of participating in the 1941 murder of more than 2,000 Jews in Nazi-occupied Kedainioi in Lithuania.

Kungys, who claimed he had been a victim of Nazi persecution, was also accused by the OSI of lying about his background so that he could enter the United States.

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