HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. – A former Nazi prison guard who has lived in Hamilton Township in Atlantic County for the past 30 years probably won't be deported because his health is rapidly declining, according to federal officials.
Jaclyn Lesch, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Justice, told the Press of Atlantic City for Saturday newspapers that 85-year-old Andrew Kuras is "gravely ill" and that his "deportation is under review."
Kuras had been ordered deported in 2004 by a federal judge in Camden. The judge also revoked his 1962 naturalization certificate and other citizenship documents.
Kuras joined German forces in December 1942 and worked at three Nazi slave labor camps. He ordered the shooting of anyone who tried to escape, according to court documents.
In November 1943, a Nazi operation killed thousands of Jews at area labor camps in German-occupied Poland. Kuras has maintained that he was visiting his grandfather at the time.
Kuras came to the United States in 1951 and became a citizen 11 years later.
He grew blueberries at a southern New Jersey farm for many of the years he's been in this country. Over the years, he and his wife raised three children.