Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk dies aged 91

John Demjanjuk, the Nazi prison camp guard convicted of the murder of 27,900 Jews, has died in a German nursing home.

The Telegraph
17 Mar 2012

The Ukrainian-born Demjanjuk was found guilty of accessory to murder in May 2011, in what was billed as Germany’s last major war crimes trial.

He was a guard at the Sobobor camp in Poland where more than 27,000 people died during World War II.

The Munich trial, which lasted 18 months, was not the first for the burly and bespectacled Demjanjuk who emigrated to the United States after the war.

In 1986, he stood trial in Jerusalem accused of being “Ivan the Terrible,” an infamous Ukrainian guard at another death camp, Treblinka.

Even in Treblinka, where beatings, gassing and torture were part of the daily routine, “Ivan the Terrible” stood out for his perverse sadism.

After a lengthy trial, Demjanjuk was found guilty of all charges and sentenced to death in 1988, only to be freed five years later when evidence surfaced proving Israel had got the wrong man.

Demjanjuk flew back to his home in Seven Hills, a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, in business class, hoping to put his past behind him.

But after evidence emerged that he served was a guard at other Nazi camps, he was stripped of his US citizenship in 2002 for lying about his war record on immigration forms and was deported from the United States to Germany in 2009 to face trial anew.

Demjanjuk has always denied being at any death camp…

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