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Judge Revokes Citizenship of Accused Nazi

February 26, 2004

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ A federal judge Wednesday revoked the U.S. citizenship of a man suspected of serving as an armed guard at Nazi concentration camps during World War II.

Agreeing with the Justice Department, U.S. District Judge Carol Jackson found that Adam Friedrich, 82, helped persecute Jews and other civilians from 1943 to 1945.

Friedrich, now a retired clothing worker, served in the SS Death’s Head battalion at Germany’s Gross-Rosen concentration camp, where 1,500 prisoners died during his first five months there, the judge concluded. Friedrich served there and at Dyhernfurth _ a Gross-Rosen sub-camp _ until those sites were evacuated in 1945 as Allied forces approached, the government contends.

Calls to Friedrich’s St. Louis home and his attorney’s office were not answered Wednesday.

Friedrich has declined to respond to the claims that he was a concentration camp guard but has denied lying about his wartime record. He has said that he admitted he was in the Waffen SS when he applied for a visa and when he was naturalized.

Friedrich’s attorney has argued that his client has contributed to society and obeyed the law for as long as he’s been in the United States. Friedrich came to the United States from Austria in 1955, applied for U.S. citizenship in 1961 and was naturalized the next year in St. Louis.

Justice Department spokeswoman Casey Stavropoulos said deportation proceedings are the next step. She said she did not know not long that process would take.

More than 70 people who assisted in Nazi persecution have been stripped of U.S. citizenship, and at least 60 have been removed from the United States, since the Office of Special Investigations began operations in 1979, according to the Justice Department.

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Office of Special Investigations: http://www.usdoj.gov/criminal/osi.html

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