(NEW YORK) -- New Yorkers may start seeing ads at bus shelters and in newspapers warning that they could be living next door to a Nazi war criminal.
The advertising campaign is being spearheaded by state Assemblyman Dov Hikind, the son of Holocaust survivors who also represents a Brooklyn district with a large Jewish population.
"Would you be a Nazi's neighbor?" the advertisements ask.
The campaign, which comes almost 69 years after German forces surrendered, was inspired by the case of a man alleged to be a former Nazi camp guard who still lives in Queens, Hikind said.
"Jakiw Palij, an ex-Nazi slave-labor camp guard, continues to live comfortably in Jackson Heights, N.Y., because the United States has, thus far, found it difficult to get rid of him," Hikind said in a statement.
Hikind said he is in contact with the federal authorities, who he says continue to pursue the deportation of Nazi war criminals. He has also started a petition to remove all alleged Nazi war criminals from the country.
The Polish-born Palij has repeatedly denied the allegations, despite the U.S. Justice Department's 10-year effort to deport him. He has been stripped of his U.S. citizenship, but has remained here because U.S. authorities say they have been unable to find a country willing to accept him.
The Simon Weisenthal Center estimates that of the 3,000 to 5,000 Nazi war criminals who came to the United States, about 10% are still alive.
Many war criminals would be at least in their 90's now, but Hikind said using a Nazi war criminal's age as an excuse to avoid prosecution is "ridiculous."
"It's never too late for justice," he said.
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