U.S. Citizenship of Ex-Nazi Guard Revoked
DES MOINES, Iowa -- A federal court on Friday revoked the U.S. citizenship of a former Nazi SS member who served as a concentration camp guard.
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John Hansl, 80, had argued that he freely disclosed he'd been in the German army when he and his family came to the United States in 1955.
Prosecutors said, however, that Hansl failed to reveal he'd been in the SS Death's Head battalion that guarded concentration camps at Natzweiler in France in 1944 and at Sachsenhausen near Berlin in 1943.
Thousands of people were imprisoned and murdered at the two camps.
Hansl, of German descent, was born in Croatia in 1925. When he was 18, he was drafted in the Nazi Waffen SS in 1943. He admits he served as a perimeter guard at the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp near Berlin. He was later transferred to the front lines, where he was captured by the Allies. (link)