PITTSBURGH - A former Nazi concentration camp guard who had been fighting U.S. attempts to deport him has died, his lawyer said.

Anton Geiser, 88, was buried Monday in St. Rose Cemetery in Hermitage, 75 miles north of Pittsburgh, lawyer Adrian Roe said.

Geiser was born in what is now Croatia. He had been living in Western Pennsylvania for more than 50 years, but did not tell his family about his Nazi service until 2004, when the Justice Department began legal proceedings.

Geiser said that he was forced to join the SS at the age of 17 and that he never killed anyone. Federal prosecutors said his work as a concentration camp guard made him a party to the persecution of countless men, women, and children. - AP