Man loses expulsion appeal over WWII persecution

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Posted: Sep 20, 2011 6:12 PM
Man loses expulsion appeal over WWII persecution

An immigration appeals board has dismissed the appeal of a Michigan man who was ordered removed from the U.S. because he shot Jews during World War II as part of Nazi-sponsored persecution.

The Board of Immigration Appeals upheld an immigration judge's decision that John Kalymon of Troy, Mich., served voluntarily as an armed member of the Nazi-sponsored Ukrainian Auxiliary Police and shot Jews.

Kalymon's lawyer, Elias Xenos, said Tuesday that he will next go to a federal appeals court in Cincinnati. Kalymon has said he did little more than guard streets and rooms in police stations in Lviv, which was part of Poland until 1939. He's now in poor health.

In January, U.S. Immigration Judge Elizabeth Hacker ordered Kalymon, now 90, deported to Germany, Ukraine, Poland or any other country that will take him.

Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer, head of the Justice Department's criminal division, said Kalymon and accomplices in the Ukrainian Police were indispensable participants in Nazi Germany's campaign to exterminate the Jews.