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Former Nazi Guard Makes Unsuccessful Bid to Stay in US


St. Louis, MO – A St. Peters man made an unsuccessful bid Thursday to stop his own deportation which was ordered because he's a former Nazi concentration camp guard.

Immigration officials say 82-year old Michael Negele must return to his native Romania. His lawyer says he'll appeal.

The U.S. Immigration Court had ordered him deported; it was the U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals that upheld the decision Thursday.

Negele is accused of serving as a guard at a concentration camp near Berlin, Germany, and a Jewish ghetto in the former Czechoslovakia.

He now lives in St. Peters, after having immigrated to the United States in 1950 and becoming a citizen five years later.

His citizenship was stripped in 1999 and he has been appealing his deportation since March 2001.