BOSTON (AP) — An immigration judge has ordered a 91-year-old retired factory worker deported back to his native
“Vladas Zajanckauskas was an accomplice in Nazi mass murder,” said Eli Rosenbaum, director of the Justice Department’s Office of Special Investigations. “Had he told the truth after the war, he never would have been permitted to enter this country.”
Zajanckauskas’ lawyer, Thomas Butters, did not immediately return a call Thursday and a personal phone number for Zajanckauskas could not be located.
Immigration Judge Wayne R. Iskra’s order, issued Aug. 2 and delivered to the Justice Department on Tuesday, ended an appeal, but the department said Zajanckauskas hasn’t yet left the country. The order comes more than two years after a federal judge revoked his
Zajanckauskas, of Sutton, 40 miles west of
Federal prosecutors said he was recruited into a Nazi-trained guard unit called “Trawniki men” and was on a roster of guard unit members whom the Nazi SS deployed to help capture Jews in the
The judge noted that Zajanckauskas admitted that Trawniki men guarded Jews and prevented their escape when they were being rounded up in the ghetto. Trawniki men also conducted house-to-house searches for hidden Jews, fought resistance fighters and took part in the shooting of some captured Jews, the judge said.
The Nazis killed thousands and burned down the ghetto, street by street, after the Jews resisted attempts to deport them to death camps.
Zajanckauskas was a member of the Lithuanian army, then the Soviet army when that country annexed
He received Nazi ideological instructions with other members of the Trawniki unit and got benefits, including home leave, according to the court ruling.
Zajanckauskas emigrated from
He has a wife, daughter, grandchildren and great-grandchildren who are all
The judge declined to let those factors become grounds for letting Zajanckauskas remain in the country.