Justice Dept. seeks to deport Nazi collaborator

NEW YORK (JTA) — The Justice Department is seeking to deport a Michigan resident for collaborating with the Nazis.

In a news release Monday, the department said that John Kalymon, of Troy, committed violent acts against Jews during World War II as a member of the Nazi-sponsored Ukrainian Auxiliary Police in Nazi-occupied Lvov.

Kalymon, whose original first name is Iwan, is suspected of shooting Jews and killing at least one during his participation in the "Great Operation," a Nazi-sponsored purging of Jews in the Lvov ghetto. The operation included sending Jews to extermination and labor camps, and shooting them on the spot.

“With the active assistance of collaborators like John Kalymon, the Nazis annihilated some 100,000 innocent Jewish men, women and children in Lvov,” said Eli Rosenbaum, director of the Criminal Division’s Office of Special Operations, which hunts former Nazis. “Participants in such crimes have forfeited any right to enjoy the precious privilege of U.S. citizenship or to continue residing in the United States.”

Kalymon, who became a U.S. citizen in 1955 after emigrating from Germany six years earlier, had his citizenship revoked in March 2007 after a federal judge concluded that Kalymon took part in wartime violence against Jews and lied about it to immigration authorities.

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