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Berlin - John Demjanjuk Seeks Funds to Sue German Paper

Published on: January 19, 2012 10:16 AM
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Former concentration camp 'guard' Ivan John Demjanjuk is taken out of the Land court's court-room in?Munich,?Germany, 12 May 2011 EPAFormer concentration camp 'guard' Ivan John Demjanjuk is taken out of the Land court's court-room in?Munich,?Germany, 12 May 2011 EPA

Berlin - John Demjanjuk, who was convicted last year of serving as a Nazi death camp guard, is asking for German state financial help to sue the country’s biggest-selling newspaper for alleged defamation, a court said Thursday.
Duesseldorf state court spokesman Ulrich Egger told The Associated Press that Demjanjuk is complaining Bild newspaper’s website labeled him a “war criminal” and a “Nazi henchman” before he was convicted last May of 28,060 counts of accessory to murder.
A lower court granted Demjanjuk financial help to sue, but for a maximum of euro5,000 ($6,400) in damages, ruling more could not reasonably be expected.
The 91-year-old is now appealing that decision, saying that he needs funding to sue for euro25,000. Egger says it is unclear when a ruling will be issued.


Bild maintains that its reporting didn’t go beyond the permitted limits, according to the court.
Demjanjuk’s family says the retired Ohio autoworker he has no financial resources. He cannot leave Germany because he has no passport after being stripped of his U.S. citizenship ahead of his deportation in 2009.
At his trial in Munich, judges found that evidence showed Demjanjuk was a guard during the war at the Nazis’ Sobibor death camp in occupied Poland. They sentenced him to five years in prison.
Demjanjuk was released pending an appeal. It isn’t clear when a federal court might rule on that.
The case was the first time someone was convicted in Germany on the basis only of having been a guard, without evidence of a specific killing.
Ukrainian-born Demjanjuk was a Soviet Red Army soldier captured by the Germans in Crimea in 1942.
The Munich court found that he had agreed to serve the Nazis as a guard at Sobibor. Demjanjuk has consistently rejected the allegation, insisting he never served as a guard anywhere and was held in German camps himself for much of World War II.

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 Jan 19, 2012 at 10:38 AM PMOinFL Says:


If some raging psychopath creeps up alongside his bed... just when he feels safest... and slowly skins him alive... even then, I wouldn't have even the slightest bit of sympathy in the world for this dog. In fact, I might even pour myself a celebratory cocktail.


 Jan 19, 2012 at 10:41 AM PowerUp Says:

In What world are we living in!!


 Jan 19, 2012 at 12:38 PM Anonymous Says:

John; I got some good advice, drop dead and rot in Hell


 Jan 19, 2012 at 03:09 PM Anonymous Says:

Has Hashem granted him long life so that his suffering in this world would continue? He's 91 and will be gone from our midst soon enough.


 Jan 19, 2012 at 06:34 PM Anonymous Says:

I can't understand some of the bad language which is prevalent, regarding Demjanjuk. Halacha teaches us that we should not gloat over our enemies' misfortunes. Demjanjuk was tried, convicted, and sentenced. Further, he will not be allowed to reenter the USA, since his was denaturalized. I would not permit his family to have him buried here, as his grave would only become a shrine for anti-semites.


 Jan 19, 2012 at 08:26 PM Anonymous Says:

This clown and his son the clown jr. have no shame.


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