Man accused of Nazi murders faces US expulsion

September 4, 2009
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John Kalymon

John Kalymon

The US has taken action to expel from America a Michigan resident accused of persecuting and killing Ukrainian Jews during World War II.

John (previously Iwan) Kalymon is charged with personally shooting Jews, killing at least one, as a member of the Nazi-sponsored Ukrainian Auxiliary Police (UAP).

Mr Kalymon is also charged with participating in activities where Jews were deported to gas chambers or slave labour camps.

Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer said: “The ultimate removal of John Kalymon will close a very painful chapter and provide a measure of justice to his victims and their families.”

The ultimate removal of John Kalymon will close a very painful chapter and provide a measure of justice to his victims and their families.

Lanny Breuer

The UAP assisted Nazi forces with confining more than 100,000 Jews to a ghetto in the city of L vo v, Ukraine. Most were killed in gas chambers, though some were shot or died in forced labour camps.

Mr Kalymon, 88, fled to Germany in 1944 and then concealed his UAP past when he immigrated to the US in 1949. His US citizenship was revoked in 2007.

Eli Rosenbaum, director of the Criminal Division’s Office of Special Operations (OSI), said: “With the active assistance of collaborators like John Kalymon, the Nazis annihilated some 100,000 innocent Jewish men, women and children in L’viv.

“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.”

Since the OSI began operations in 1979 it has won cases against 107 individuals who took part in Nazi-sponsored persecution.

    Last updated: 12:26pm, September 7 2009