Govern­ment strips ex-Nazi squad mem­ber of cit­i­zen­ship again: lawyer

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

TORONTO — A lawyer for a for­mer Nazi death squad mem­ber says the Cana­dian govern­ment has once again stripped the 93-year-old man of his cit­i­zen­ship. Ron­ald Poul­ton says it is the fourth time the govern­ment has taken the step against Hel­mut Ober­lan­der, and the Water­loo, Ont., res­i­dent plans to chal­lenge the de­ci­sion.

Poul­ton says Ober­lan­der has pre­vi­ously been able to have his cit­i­zen­ship re­stored three other times.

He says Ober­lan­der is chal­leng­ing the lat­est de­ci­sion in Fed­eral Court and says he ex­pects to be suc­cess­ful again. Ober­lan­der, born in Ukraine, was a mem­ber of the Nazi death squad Ek 10a, which op­er­ated be­hind the Ger­man army’s front line in the East­ern oc­cu­pied ter­ri­to­ries in the Sec­ond World War. It was part of a force re­spon­si­ble for killing more than two mil­lion peo­ple, mostly Jews. Ober­lan­der served as an in­ter­preter for the squad from 1941 and 1943 and says he never par­tic­i­pated in any killings.

The re­tired real-es­tate de­vel­oper did not dis­close his wartime ex­pe­ri­ence when he ap­plied to im­mi­grate to Canada, nor did he dis­close the in­for­ma­tion upon en­ter­ing Canada in 1954 or when seek­ing cit­i­zen­ship six years later.

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