As U.S. pushes to deport suspects, others say it should let 3 aging men die in Michigan

By DAVID ASHENFELTER
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER

Editor’s note: This story ran in the Detroit Free Press on Dec. 3, 2006.

John Kalymon, Johann Leprich and Iwan Mandycz are old men now, hobbled by the same aches and pains that plague many senior citizens in their 80s.

Only these men are not ordinary senior citizens.

In the 1940s, the U.S. Department of Justice says, they helped the Nazi killing machine as it steamrolled across Europe, exterminating millions of people deemed enemies of Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich.

As it has in scores of similar cases, the government has gone to court to strip all three metro Detroit men of their U.S. citizenship so they can be deported.

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