A federal appeals court won’t overturn a decision that orders the deportation of a Michigan man accused of killing Jews during World War II.
John Kalymon of Troy lost his naturalized citizenship after a trial in 2007. The appeals court said Friday there’s nothing wrong with using evidence from that case to justify the retired engineer’s deportation in separate hearings.
An immigration judge ordered his removal in 2011, a decision that was affirmed by the Board of Immigration Appeals. The 91-year-old Kalymon is in poor health and has remained in Michigan during the appeals.
In his 20s, Kalymon served in the Nazi-sponsored Ukrainian Auxiliary Police in Lviv, which once was part of Poland. He denies shooting Jews, but according to document obtained by the government, on May 11, 1942, Kalymon and another policeman were assigned to escort an unknown number of Jews to a SS-run, forced labor camp and each expended six rounds of ammunition. A report dated August 14, 1942, indicated that “Iv Kalymun recorded that he fired four shots while on duty,” wounding one Jew and killing another.
Additionally, the records state that on August 20, 1942, “Kalymun” fired two rounds of ammunition used during operations where 525 Jews were delivered to an assembly point; fourteen Jews were shot and killed and six were wounded.
The following day, “Ivan Kalymun” shot two rounds of ammunition in an operation where policemen rounded up and delivered an additional 805 Jews.
In June 1943, Kalymon’s commissariat participated “in the liquidation of the Jewish ghetto” in L’viv where Jews were shot or sent to forced labor camps.