February 15, 2011
Deportation order against Chicago man upheld
A U.S. appeals court upheld a deportation order against a Chicago man who was stripped of his citizenship for his role in a Nazi-operated Ukrainian police unit.
The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago on Monday upheld the 2007 deportation order against Osyp Firishchak, who immigrated to the United States in 1949 from what is now Ukraine and became a U.S. citizen five years later.
Firishchak, who was born in Trebuszany, was stripped of his citizenship in 2005 by a federal district court which ruled that he “was a participant in an organization that perpetrated some of the most horrific acts against human decency ever known in history.”
He concealed his service in the Nazi-sponsored Ukrainian Auxiliary Police service when he came to the United States. The Ukrainian Auxiliary Police assisted in the annihilation of more than 100,000 Jews in Nazi-occupied Lvov, Poland (now Ukraine), during World War II.