DETROIT (AP) — A man under a deportation order for serving in a Nazi-controlled police force during World War II has died in Michigan at age 93 after years of denials that he shot at Jews.
John Kalymon of Troy died at his suburban Detroit home on June 29. He had pneumonia, prostate cancer and dementia, son Alex Kalymon told The Associated Press.
"The last two years he had no idea about anything about his life," the son said Wednesday. "He was just struggling to live and his mind wasn't there."
A federal appeals court last year upheld a deportation order against Kalymon, but the U.S. couldn't find a country that would take him.
In Munich, Germany, prosecutors this year filed an arrest warrant against him for being an accessory in war crimes. They planned to send a doctor to the U.S. to determine if Kalymon was fit to face trial, but the exam never happened.
There is no dispute that Kalymon served in the Nazi-sponsored Ukrainian Auxiliary Police in Lviv, which was part of Poland at the time. He said he did nothing more than light guard duty and never shot Jews.
"I love this country because it's my country. I'm going to die here," Kalymon, a retired auto engineer, told the AP during a tearful interview on his porch in 2009. "They want to remove me, an old man. I never was arrested, pay my taxes. I don't know anyone as honest as me."
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