Michigan judge orders accused former Nazi deportedApril 25, 1997
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DETROIT (CNN) -- A federal judge ruled Friday that an accused former Nazi living in Michigan will be stripped of his U.S. citizenship and deported for allegedly serving as a concentration camp guard.
Government prosecutors say Ferdinand Hammer lied about working in a concentration camp when he became a U.S. naturalized citizen in 1963.
Hammer, 74, denies the accusations and insists he was forcibly conscripted into the German military, and had only fought on the Russian front.
Chief Immigration Judge Michael Creppy ruled that the resident of Sterling Heights, Michigan, must return to his native Croatia, which was formerly part of Yugoslavia.
Government prosecutors said historical documents proved that Hammer was a concentration camp guard in Auschwitz and Sachsenhausen. He lived as a refugee in Austria for 10 years before comming to the United States in 1955.
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