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Nation IN BRIEF : PENNSYLVANIA

Holocaust Suspect Loses Court Fight

November 14, 1996|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A federal appeals court has upheld government efforts to strip the U.S. citizenship of an 80-year-old man accused of participating in a massacre of Jews in Lithuania during World War II. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 2-1 decision, upheld a lower court ruling revoking the naturalized citizenship of Russian-born Jonas Stelmokas of Landsdowne, Pa. His citizenship was revoked on the grounds he improperly entered the United States after concealing his service for a German-organized military unit in Lithuania that assisted in a 1941 massacre of 9,200 Jews. Stelmokas has denied taking part in atrocities.

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