Former Nazi camp guard Geiser fights deportation





A retired steelworker from Sharon [PA] who served as a Nazi concentration camp guard should not be deported because the State Department — rightly or wrongly — granted him a visa in 1956, his lawyer argued Monday.

Anton Geiser, 83, of Cedar Avenue, did not cite his Nazi ties on his visa application, but neither is he accused of lying about the matter. Geiser’s investigative file from the period is lost, so it is not clear whether the person who would have interviewed him for the visa knew he had been a guard.

Geiser’s attorney, Adrian N. Roe, said guards not characterized as war criminals were sometimes allowed into the country.

“The government is rethinking the wisdom of that policy decided by the State Department 50 years ago,” Roe argued before the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia.


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