Trial begins for US man accused of transporting prisoners to Nazi death camps

Trial begins for US man accused of transporting prisoners to Nazi death camps

[JURIST] The trial of Chicago resident Osyp Firishchak, 86, was set to begin Monday on charges that he was part of a Ukrainian police unit that worked for the Nazis by transporting thousands of Jews to concentration camps. The government is also looking to strip him of US citizenship [US DOJ press release] and eventually have him deported. The Office of Special Investigations [official website], the US government agency in charge of investigating former Nazi war criminals, has seen a surge of prosecutions in recent years, largely because of new access to records from Eastern European countries. Neighbors of Firishchak have complained that the effort is a waste of time and resources, and some attorneys have criticized the law that allows for deportation even without proof that a war crime was committed. AP has more.