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La Puente Man Faces Deportation as Ex-Nazi

December 22, 1987|Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The government instituted deportation proceedings today against a La Puente, Calif., man, alleging that he persecuted unarmed civilians as a guard at Auschwitz during World War II.

The Justice Department said that Josef Eckert, a native of Yugoslavia, served as a guard from 1943-45 in the SS Death's Head Battalion at Auschwitz. According to records, Eckert entered the United States in 1956 under the Refugee Relief Act of 1953 but never applied for U.S. citizenship.

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