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Ohio - Accused Nazi Guard Demjanjuk to Be Sent to Germany

Published on: April 1, 2009 03:55 PM
By: Abendzeitung / Bloomberg
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Ohio - John Demjanjuk, who Munich prosecutors are investigating over his role as a guard at a Nazi concentration camp, is scheduled to be extradited to Germany from the U.S. on April 5, his lawyer said.

Demjanjuk, who lives in Ohio and was stripped of his U.S. citizenship, will be put on a plane on April 5 and arrive in Munich the following morning, Guenther Maull, his court- appointed attorney.

“Prosecutors seem to plan to charge him saying he must have participated because he was there and it can’t have been any other way,” said Maull. “I don’t think that argument would stand the test of the law.”

German prosecutors are investigating Demjanjuk, 88, on charges he participated in the murder of 29,000 Jews in the Sobibor concentration camp in Poland. Demjanjuk is likely to be charged with accessory to murder after the probe, the prosecutors said March 11.

Anton Winkler, spokesman for the Munich prosecutors, didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment. Ulrich Staudigl, a spokesman for the Justice Ministry in Berlin, declined to comment.

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Demjanjuk, who gained U.S. citizenship in 1958, was extradited to Israel in 1986 to face charges he was the sadistic SS guard known as “Ivan the Terrible,” who tortured Jewish prisoners while herding them into gas chambers at the Treblinka extermination camp in German-occupied Poland. His 1988 conviction and death sentence were overturned by Israel’s Supreme Court in 1993 and Demjanjuk returned to the U.S.

German investigators reviewed an identification card they obtained from the U.S. Office of Special Investigations and concluded it was authentic. Demjanjuk served in Sobibor from March to September 1943, according to Munich prosecutors.

A native of what is now Ukraine, Demjanjuk has denied ever serving the Nazis and said his fear of being sent back to the Soviet Union prompted him to falsely assert on his U.S. visa application that was a farmer in Poland during the war.

Germany’s Central Unit For the Investigation of Nazi Crimes, based in Ludwigsburg, had probed Demjanjuk for several years and suggested he should be charged.

The Federal Court of Justice, the country’s top criminal court, in December instructed the Munich Regional Court to take over the case because Demjanjuk had lived in various Bavarian cities between 1945 and 1951.

An estimated 6 million Jews as well as resistance fighters, gypsies and homosexuals were killed in Nazi death camps across Europe in territories occupied by Germany during the war.

Germany lifted its statute of limitations for murder in 1979, allowing prosecution of Nazi criminals in its courts to continue. Murder and genocide are the only crimes under German law with no applicable statute of limitations, which bar prosecution after a certain period of time.


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 Apr 01, 2009 at 03:44 PM Anonymous Says:

Now it's time for Pat Buchanan to come to his defense.

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 Apr 01, 2009 at 03:50 PM Anonymous Says:

they should do as they did to eichmann ym''s straight to hell

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 Apr 01, 2009 at 03:39 PM Anonymous Says:

hang him

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 Apr 01, 2009 at 04:54 PM Anonymous Says:

germany??? Send him to the where he was afraid to go to the soviet union - too bad its a little too late now!!

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 Apr 01, 2009 at 05:02 PM Anonymous Says:

Too bad he had 64 years of peace. But know one thing - there is an accountant in heaven and every deed is reconciled somewhere. The fact that he lived in peace for 64 years just means that the fire he will burn in will be hotter.

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 Apr 01, 2009 at 05:17 PM Floridian Says:

Send him to NY.

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 Apr 01, 2009 at 07:53 PM NY'er Says:

nah....we dont want him...send him to north or south pole...

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 Apr 01, 2009 at 11:14 PM Milhouse Says:

Reply to #5  
Anonymous Says:

Too bad he had 64 years of peace. But know one thing - there is an accountant in heaven and every deed is reconciled somewhere. The fact that he lived in peace for 64 years just means that the fire he will burn in will be hotter.

Peace? He's hardly had peace! He was on trial for his life, falsely convicted, and nearly executed! And now when he thought he was finally safe, he will again stand trial. Not that I have rachmonis on him, it couldn't happen to a nicer fellah, but he's not had peace in a long time.

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 Apr 02, 2009 at 09:54 AM Anonymous Says:

May he suffer the sum of all the pain that he inflicted on every victim, 2000 times over. May his victims have eternal pleasure in the light of the shechina. May the righteous merit to see the True Din.

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 Apr 02, 2009 at 02:09 PM PA-TOOEY Says:

They should bring him to America, tie him down, and let all the survivors come and spit on him.

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 Apr 03, 2009 at 01:12 AM me Says:

there's a hudred more like him in Winnipeg, Manitoba. One of the largest Ukranian expatriot communities in the world.

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 Apr 03, 2009 at 09:48 AM Allan Says:

Will someone out there explain to me why he was sent home by Israel in 1993.

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