A Brooklyn lawmaker is teaming up with the U.S. Justice Department on a series of ads and posters that will be appearing in newspapers and on bus shelters asking a blunt question: “Would you be a Nazi’s neighbor?”
The campaign, announced Tuesday by Assemblyman Dov Hikind, is a continuation of the Brooklyn Democrat’s struggle to rid the United States of all Nazi war criminals — including one in Queens — who cannot be deported since no country wants them.
“Jakiw Palij, an ex-Nazi slave-labor camp guard, continues to live comfortably in Jackson Heights, N.Y., because the United States has, thus far, found it difficult to get rid of him,” Hikind charged. “…Decent people don’t want Nazi neighbors.”
Hikind, the son of Holocaust survivors, recently led a demonstration, along with several hundred yeshivah students and a handful of Holocaust survivors, at Palij’s home. Now he is partnering with the federal Office of Special Investigations to send the war criminals to Germany.
Aside for Palij, the list includes Theodor Szehinskyj in West Chester, Penn., and John Kalymon in Troy, Mich.
Ads will appear in newspapers beginning Wednesday and on bus shelters next week.