- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 1, 2009

CLEVELAND (AP) - An Ohio man with a reputed Nazi past is asking the United States to block his deportation to Germany, citing humanitarian reasons.

John Demjanjuk (dem-YAHN’-yook) made the request in a document filed Wednesday with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Demjanjuk, who turns 89 on Friday, is charged in an arrest warrant in Germany with 29,000 counts of acting as an accessory to murder while working as a guard at a Nazi death camp during World War II.

In the statement dated Tuesday, Demjanjuk tells ICE he is in poor physical condition and that being sent to Germany would be inappropriate and degrading treatment.

Demjanjuk’s son has said that his father suffers from chronic kidney disease.

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