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December 25, 1959 - Image 3

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1959-12-25

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Ex-Nazi Resigns University Post; Deny Application for Citizenship

NEW YORK, (JTA) — Dr.
Edward V. Sittler, who re-
nounced his American citizen-
ship in 1939 to broadcast Nazi
propaganda and who resigned
a teaching post on Long Island
after protests, tried to regain
his citizenship at a hearing
here.
He was turned down by the

Dr. Edward V. Sittler and
his wife are shown in a
- Brookville, N. Y., courtroom,
after being turned down on
his request for reinstatement
of his American citizenship.

United States Immigration and
Naturalization Service on a
point of procedure, but he was
told he could reapply. He is ex-
pected to do so on Jan. 4.
As he left the building, a
small group of persons shouted
at him and one young man told
him: "Traitor! You have given
up your citizenship while other
Americans were killed in gas
chambers by Nazis like you."
Workers at a nearby wreck-
ing project stopped work to boo
Dr. Sittler, who did not reply.
The 42-year-old former Nazi
party member drove off in a
taxi with his British-born wife.
His bid was turned down dur-
ing an interview with William
Kenville, a naturalization in-
vestigator for whom Dr. Sittler
filled in forms and answered
questions. One of the two char-
acter witnesses he brought to
the interview was disqualified
on a technicality.
Dr. Sittler promised to bring
a qualified witness and was
given permission to apply again
on Jan. 4 when his wife also
will apply for citizenship.

Peter A. Esperdy, district di-
rector of the Immigration and
Naturalization Service, said that
the question of whether or not
Dr. Sittler believed in the
principles of the United States
Constitution would be "the only
issue" in considering his peti-
tion. Esperdy said that Dr.
Sittler's Nazi party membership
would not be held against him.
Sen. Jacob K. Javits, New
York Republican, said mean-
while that his investigation of
the case was continuing. He
said immigration officials had

informed him of the circum-
stances of a deportation order
for Dr. Sittler but that he had
not received an explanation of
how the former Nazi party
member was able to re-enter
the United States in 1954.
Dr. Sittler's resignation as as-
sistant professor at the C. W.
Post College of Long Island
University in Brookville fol-
lowed refusal by the faculty to
approve a college administra-

tion request for endorsement of
the hiring.
Dr. Sittler defended himself
at the faculty session where the
refusal took place. He denied
he ever swore allegiance to
Hitler, that he knew about Hit-
ler's concentration camps or
that he had ever acted traitor-
ously. He contended he was mis-
quoted in an interview with the
New York Post which attributed
anti-Semitic statements to him.

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