Justice Department Accuses Suburban Cleveland Man Of Hiding Nazi Past

By PAUL SINGER, Associated Press Writer

CLEVELAND (AP) - The Justice Department filed a lawsuit Thursday to revoke the citizenship of a man accused of serving as a guard at Nazi concentration camps during World War II.

According to the government, Jakob Miling, 78, of suburban Lyndhurst, lied about his Nazi past when he applied for U.S. citizenship. Miling, a native of Yugoslavia, was granted permanent resident status in 1966 and became a U.S. citizen in 1972.

According to the Justice Department complaint filed in federal court, Miling was an armed guard from 1942-1944 at two Nazi concentration camps -- Gross-Rosen in Poland and Sachsenhausen in Germany.

The complaint calls Gross-Rosen one of the most brutal camps in the Nazi concentration camp system.

Miling could not immediately be reached to comment. A phone message was left at the address listed for him in the complaint.

He first came to the United States as a visitor in 1964.

"Those who swore loyalty to Adolph Hitler and assisted in the Nazi campaign of terror against civilians do not deserve the privilege of U.S. citizenship," Assistant Attorney General Michael Chertoff said in a statement.

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