Accused Nazi aide admits he served in German military

CLEVELAND (AP) - A man accused of helping the Nazis during World War II and hiding his past now admits that he served in the German military but said he never worked in a concentration camp.
"He was a grunt, a private," said Joseph McGinness, the lawyer for Jakob Miling, 78, of suburban Lyndhurst. "They told him to do this, to do that. He did what they said. That's it. We're talking about a nobody here. He didn't want to be there."
In documents filed this week in U.S. District Court, McGinness said that Miling was forcibly inducted into the German military during World War II. McGinness denies that Miling worked as a camp guard, as prosecutors allege.
Previously, Miling had denied serving in the German army.
The court filings come four months after federal prosecutors sought to strip Miling's citizenship for lying about his wartime past when he became a United States resident in 1972.
Prosecutors say he lied to the Immigration and Naturalization Service by concealing his work for the Germans, both in concentration camps and in SS fighting units.
Miling, a native of Nova Bukovica, Yugoslavia, joined German forces in November 1942, the government alleges.
Prosecutors say he worked as a guard in the SS Death's Head Battalion at Gross-Rosen, a camp in Nazi-occupied Poland, where the Germans sent men and women who could work.
Miling left the United States last fall to travel in Europe
weeks before the government filed the charges. McGinness said he believes Miling is still overseas.
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