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U.S. Moves to Deport Alleged Nazi Collaborator

January 15, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

The U.S. Justice Department filed a complaint charging a 79-year-old Illinois man with collaborating with the Nazis to kill more than 1,000 Jews in Kupiskis, Lithuania, during World War II.

Peter John Bernes, whose alias is Petras Bernotavicius, allegedly was a deputy to Werner Loew, a Nazi-appointed mayor and police commander during the war, and helped remove condemned prisoners from jail so they could be taken to nearby killing sites, the Justice Department's Office of Special Investigations said.

Bernes immigrated to the U.S. in 1947 from Germany, was naturalized a U.S. citizen in 1954 and lives in Lockport, Ill.

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