MILWAUKEE (Dec. 19)
Anton Tittjung of Greenfield, Wis., has two months to appeal the revocation of his U.S. citizenship for concealing his service as a guard at a Nazi concentration camp during World War II.
Federal District Court Judge John Reynolds ruled here last Friday that Tittjung, 66, was a member of the Waffen SS Death’s Head Battalion that guarded the Gross Raming subcamp of the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria.
The judge noted that at Gross Raming, “at least 185 prisoners were killed during the period of Tittjung’s service.”
The U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Special Investigations accused him of concealing his SS service in 1952 when he entered the United States, and again in 1973, when he successfully applied for U.S. citizenship.
OSI will begin deportation proceedings against Tittjung after two months if he has not filed an appeal, according to Ronnie Edelman, the Justice Department’s head prosecutor in the hearing.
If deported, Tittjung could choose the country of his relocation, according to Edelman.
Tittjung’s attorney, David Cannon of Milwaukee, had no comment Tuesday about the case. A man who answered the telephone at Tittjung’s house said the defendant had no comment.
A deportation hearing similar to Tittjung’s will begin in federal court here Jan. 2 against Anton Baumann of West Allis, Wis.
Baumann allegedly served in Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany and the Stutthof camp in occupied Poland.