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September 14, 2006 - Image 24

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2006-09-14

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September 14 2006

Troy resident John (Ivan) Kalymon
will face de-naturalization in federal
*court in Detroit on Sept. 15 for his
alleged wartime actions that helped
administer and liquidate a Jewish
ghetto in Nazi-occupied Poland.
The Criminal Division's Office of
Special Investigations (OSI) and the
U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern
District of Michigan allege that
Kalymon, 82, belonged to the Nazi-
operated Ukrainian Auxiliary Police
(UAP) during World War II, serving
in its 5th Commissariat (later desig-
nated the 7th) in the city of L'viv.
The 5th/7th Commissariat, along
with other UAP units, rounded up
Jews, imprisoned them in a ghetto,
terrorized them, oversaw their
forced labor, killed those attempt-
ing escape and delivered others for
mass execution. Captured wartime
reports found by OSI include one
in which Kalymon acknowledged
shooting Jews.
Assistant Attorney General
Christopher A. Wray said, "John
Kalymon has admitted his par-
ticipation in Nazi mass murder. He
must not be permitted to retain the
priyilege of American citizenship!'
During 1942 and 1943, all of the
more than 100,000 Jews in the L'viv
area were transported to killing sites
or forced labor camps. Nazi docu-.
ments show that Kalymon took part
in these mass deportations, and
during at least one he shot Jews.
Kalymon entered the United
States in 1949, becoming a citizen
in 1955. The OSI asserts his citizen-
ship should be revoked because his
wartime service to Nazi Germany
rendered him ineligible for an
immigration visa and because he
lied about that service when he
applied for a visa and citizenship.
"Smoking-gun evidence exposes
John Kalymon's participation in
Nazi genocide. Holocaust survivors
and other Americans should not
have to endure his presence in the
United States any longer, and the
government will do everything in its
power to denaturalize and remove
him': said OSI Director Eli M.
Rosenbaum.
Since 1979, 73 such individuals
have been stripped of U.S. citizen-
ship and 59 have been removed
from the country as a result of OSI's
ongoing efforts.

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