Water­loo man’s cit­i­zen­ship re­voked fourth time

For­mer Nazi death squad mem­ber, 93, vows to fight or­der again

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD - DANIELA GERMANO

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 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 i n 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 kill- ing 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.

Ober­lan­der, who has been fight­ing fed­eral at­tempts to re­voke his cit­i­zen­ship since 1995, has said he was con­scripted into duty with the Nazis when he was 17 years old and that the penalty for de­ser­tion was ex­e­cu­tion. He later served as an in­fantry­man in the Ger­man army.

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