A U.S. immigration judge in New York City has ordered deportation of a 63-year-old man who has lived on Long Island since 1951 because he concealed from immigration authorities the fact that he was commandant of a concentration camp in Estonia during World War II.
Immigration and Naturalization Service Judge Howard Cohen ordered the deportation of Karl Linnas, a native Estonian who previously was convicted in three courts and whose appeal had been turned down by the Supreme Court.
Based on evidence presented by the Justice Department's Office of Special Investigations, the courts found that Linnas lied to gain entry to the United States and to become a citizen in 1964.
Cohen noted that the Displaced Persons Act says that any person "who shall willfully make a misrepresentation for the purpose of gaining admission into the U.S. as an eligible displaced person shall, thereafter, not be admissible into the U.S." The judge also pointed out that three federal courts had found that Linnas had not been a farmer and a student as he said he was in World War II, but in fact was commandant of the Tartu concentration camp in Estonia, where people were "tortured and persecuted."
Linnas was ordered deported to Estonia, now part of the Soviet Union. He is the second Nazi to be deported from the United States in cases begun by the Office of Special Investigations. The first was Hans Lipschis, who was deported to West Germany on April 14 after the courts found that he had concealed his past as a guard at Auschwitz.