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Suspected Nazi Guard Stripped Of U.S. Citizenship

December 2, 1989

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Justice Department said Friday it had obtained a court order stripping U.S. citizenship from a former Ohio man accused of serving as a Nazi SS guard at World War II concentration camps.

A federal judge here issued a default order that stripped Jakob Frank Denzinger, 65, formerly of Akron, Ohio, of his U.S. citizenship, the department said.

U.S. District Judge John Pratt issued the order last Monday after the attorney for Denzinger told the government his client did not plan to respond to the charges.

Denzinger, who had been a successful businessman in Akron, fled the country before the Justice Department filed its complaint last summer.

He is believed to be in West Germany, the department said.

The Justice Department’s Office of Special Investigations charged in a complaint filed last summer that Denzinger had served as a guard at five concentration camps, including Auschwitz from May 1943 through March of 1945.

Denzinger, who came to this country in 1956 as a refugee, was also accused of persecuting concentration camp inmates when he was a guard.

The complaint also charged that Denzinger concealed his service as a member of the Nazi Waffen SS Death’s Head Battalions when he applied for U.S. citizenship in 1972.

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