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Subject: Justice Department Moves to Revoke Citizenship of former Nazi Guard

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                         CRM
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24, 1994                           202-514-2007
                                               (TDD) 202-514-1888


              JUSTICE DEPARTMENT MOVES TO REVOKE CITIZENSHIP
                OF FORMER GUARD AT NAZI SLAVE LABOR CAMP


   WASHINGTON, D.C.-- The Department of Justice announced today that
   it has initiated denaturalization proceedings to revoke the U.S.
   citizenship of a Schiller Park, Illinois, man whom it charges with
   concealing his service and activities as an armed guard at a Nazi
   slave labor camp in German-occupied Poland during World War II. 

   A complaint filed in U.S.  District Court in Chicago today by the
   Office of Special Investigations (OSI) of the Justice Department's
   Criminal Division and the U.S.  Attorney's Office in Chicago
   alleges that the defendant, Bronislaw Hajda, 70, was trained as a
   guard at the SS Training Camp in Trawniki, Poland, an SS training
   facility and base camp that supplied guards and auxiliary police
   personnel principally to assist the Nazis in implementing their
   plans to annihilate the Jews of Europe. 

   The complaint also alleges that Hajda, a native of Poland and a
   retired machinist, served as an armed guard of prisoners at the SS
   Labor Camp at Treblinka, Poland, from March 1943 until the
   liquidation of the camp in July 1944.  During the course of the
   slave labor camp's existence, thousands of Jewish and Polish
   prisoners died there from shootings, beatings, hangings,
   malnourishment and exhaustion, the complaint said.  

   The complaint further alleges that in July 1944, during the
   liquidation of the Treblinka Labor Camp, hundreds of Jewish
   prisoners were shot to death in a single massacre and that the
   defendant participated in this killing operation.  

   The Treblinka Labor Camp was part of a complex that also included
   the nearby Treblinka Death Camp, where more than 800,000 people,
   nearly all Jews, were murdered in gas chambers. 

   Hajda subsequently served in the "SS Battalion Streibel" until at
   least April 1945, the complaint said.  

   The complaint alleges that Hajda's service with the SS-- adjudged a
   criminal organization in 1946 by the International Military
   Tribunal at Nuremberg, Germany--constituted assistance in the Nazi
   program of persecution based on race, religion and national origin.
   It also charges that Hajda's service constituted membership in a
   "movement hostile to the United States," which rendered him
   ineligible to immigrate to the United States under United States
   law.  The complaint further alleges that Hajda willfully concealed
   his service with the SS Training Camp Trawniki, his service at the
   Treblinka Labor Camp, and his service with the SS Battalion
   Streibel in applying for immigration to the U.S.  in 1950, and for
   naturalization as a U.S.  citizen in 1955. 

   The initiation of proceedings to denaturalize Hajda is a product of
   OSI's ongoing efforts to identify and take legal action against
   former participants in Nazi persecution who reside in the United
   States.  To date, 50 Nazi persecutors have been stripped of U.S.
   citizenship as a result of OSI's investigations and prosecutions,
   and 42 have been removed from the United States. 



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