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November 01, 1991 - Image 109

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1991-11-01

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Canadian Judge Rules
On Denaturalization

Toronto (JTA) — More
than 29 months after a
landmark denaturalization
hearing ended, a federal
court judge in Ottawa has
ruled that Dutch-born Jacob
Luitjens, a World War II
Nazi collaborator, can be
stripped of the Canadian
citizenship he acquired by
lying about his past.
The decision by Judge
Frank Collier in Ottawa
cleared the way to deport
Luitjens to Holland, where
he was sentenced in absentia
in 1948 to life imprisonment.
Following the court's deci-
sion, Gerry Weiner, minister
of state for citizenship, an-
nounced he would recom-
mend to the federal Cabinet
that Mr. Luitjens' citizen-
ship be revoked.
According to Gerrit
Kulsdom, the Dutch consul
general here, Mr. Luitjens, a
resident of Vancouver,
British Columbia, could be
deported under the new
extradition treaty between
Canada and the Nether-
lands, which takes effect on
Dec. 1.
Earlier requests for
extradition were rejected on
grounds that the old treaty
did not cover the crime of
collaboration.
The decision has breathed
new life into war crimes
prosecutions in Canada.
Mr. Luitjens, a former
member of the Dutch Nazi
Party, was convicted of war
crimes and crimes against
humanity. He belonged to
the Landwacht, a
paramilitary organization
run by the German police
and the SS in occupied
Holland. Its job was to track
down Jews and resistance
fighters in hiding and turn
them over to the Gestapo.
Mr. Luitjens operated in
the Groningen and Drenthe
provinces in northeastern
Holland. He surrendered to
Allied troops in 1945 rather
than face the wrath of his
own countrymen but escaped
from a military prison in
1946. He spent a year in
Germany and sailed for
South America in May 1948
using the name Gerhard
Harder.
Mr. Luitjens lived in
Paraguay for 13 years before
immigrating to Canada in
1961. He was admitted to
the country and obtained
citizenship 10 years later by
concealing his Nazi past.
A retired lecturer in
botany at the University of
British Columbia, Luitjens

faced denaturalization hear-
ings, which ended on May
11, 1989.
After two years passed
without a decision, the
justice minister began to
prod Judge Collier who, as
recently as last month, was
rumored not even to have
begun drafting his ruling.
He finally presented it last
week, saying he found the
accused evasive and
unbelievable.
Jewish groups promptly
hailed the belated decision.
"This proves war crimes can
be successfully prosecuted,"
said Sol Littman, Canadian
director of the Simon
Wiesenthal Center.
Jack Silverstone, national
executive director of the
Canadian Jewish Congress,
said it was "a very signifi-
cant judgment and I am ex-
tremely impressed."
According to Milton
Harris, chairman of the
CJC's War Crimes Corn-
mittee, the decision "will
stand as a clear statement
that Canada will no longer
harbor or tolerate naturaliz-
ed citizens who have know-
ingly hidden their Nazi
past."
B'nai B'rith Canada
spokesman Brian Morris
concurred. "The remedy of
denaturalization and depor-
tation must be available to
Canadian authorities, along
with trial in Canada and
extradition," he said.

JTA correspondent Henrietta
Boas in Amsterdam
contributed to this report.

Bomb Destroys
Apartments

Tel Aviv (JTA) — A pipe
bomb destroyed two apart-
ments in a Tel Aviv slum
last week but caused no
casualties.
The explosion occurred in
a three-story residential
building in the Kiryat
Shapira neighborhood in the
southern environs of the
city.
Several Arabs employed in
the area were detained for
questioning but police an-
nounced no arrests. The ex-
plosive device was concealed
in a fuse box. The two
ground-floor apartments
wrecked by the blast and fire
were unoccupied at the time.
Other residents of the
building were evacuated
safely while firemen extin-
guished the blaze.

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