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Justice Seeks To Deport Mich. Man

April 20, 2000

DETROIT (AP) _ The Justice Department has moved to deport a Polish immigrant for allegedly concealing his role as a guard in Nazi labor camps.

The government filed a complaint Wednesday against 80-year-old Iwan Mandycz, who told U.S. officials he had worked on his parents’ farm in Poland and was a forced laborer during World War II.

Mandycz was an armed guard in 1943 at SS labor camps Trawniki and Poniatowa in Poland, where ``prisoners were given starvation rations, and brutal beatings were a daily occurrence,″ said Eli M. Rosenbaum, director of the Justice Department’s Nazi-hunting Office of Special Investigations.

``Once the Nazis decided that the prisoners were no longer useful, they ... forced the prisoners at the two camps to dig their own graves and then murdered them en masse by gunfire,″ Rosenbaum said.

Mandycz, who lives in Sterling Heights, obtained a U.S. immigration visa in 1949 and became a naturalized citizen in 1955.

He has denied being a Nazi camp guard and said he will fight deportation.

Ferdinand Hammer, another alleged Nazi who had lived in Sterling Heights, was deported in March. The U.S. Supreme Court refused to block the deportation.

Since 1978, the government has stripped 63 alleged Nazis of their U.S. citizenship and 52 of those have left the country, the Justice Department said. About 250 others are under investigation.

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