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Stung by criticism from Jewish groups that it has been a haven for Nazi war criminals, Canada is stepping up efforts to deport at least 11 aging immigrants linked to atrocities in World War II.

In one high-profile case, Ottawa seeks to deport Wasyl Odynsky, 73, of Toronto, alleged to have collaborated with the Nazis as a guard at the infamous Trawniki and Poniatowa labor camps in Poland in 1943 and 1944.

Canada's Justice Department alleges that Odynsky fraudulently obtained Canadian citizenship in 1955 by failing to divulge his wartime activities. He denies the allegations.

Last week, the government also named Michael Baumgartner, 73, of Windsor, Ont., as a suspected Nazi collaborator, who allegedly failed to disclose his association with German authorities as a guard at labor camps in Poland and Germany.

The moves reflected Canada's new effort to counter criticism it has long sheltered scores of alleged Nazis and Nazi collaborators who fled Europe after the war.

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