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March 17, 2012

John Demjanjuk dies in a nursing home in Germany

Filed under: World War II — Tags: — furtherglory @ 10:30 am

You can read the obituary of John Demjanjuk in the Los Angeles Times here.  I previously blogged about John Demjanjuk and the Sobibor death camp here.   I wrote about the conviction of John Demjanjuk in a German court here.  If John Demjanuk had lived longer, he would have been put on trial again in Spain, as I wrote here on my blog. I am blinded by tears and cannot write any more.

Rest in peace, John Demjanjuk.

A few minutes ago, I heard the CNN report on the death of John Demjanjuk.  You can read the full story on the CNN website here.

The following quote is from the CNN news report:

Berlin (CNN) — Former Nazi death camp guard and onetime Ohio autoworker John Demjanjuk has died in Germany, a police spokesman said Saturday.

Demjanjuk, 91, was found guilty last May in a German court of assisting in mass murder as a guard at the Sobibor death camp in Poland and sentenced to five years in prison.

He died in a home for the elderly where he was living pending appeal, Oberbayern-Sud police spokesman Kilian Steger said. As part of standard procedure, the Traunstein state prosecutor’s office is looking into the circumstances of his death, Steger said.

The Nazis and their sympathizers killed at least 167,000 people at Sobibor in 1942 and 1943, according to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Munich state prosecutors charged Demjanjuk as an accessory to about 27,900 of those deaths, and the court found the killings were “motivated by racial hatred.”

Demjanjuk denied the charges, arguing that he was a prisoner of war who was forced to do what the Nazis wanted.

The killings were “motivated by racial hatred”???  Motivated by whose “racial hatred?”  The “racial hatred” of the Nazis, or the racial hatred of Demjanjuk.

Note that the number of deaths at Sobibor has been downgraded to 167,000 by the USHMM.  It was formerly 250,000 that were allegedly killed at Sobibor.

Demjanjuk was not found guilty of “assisting in mass murder.”  He was found guilty of allegedly being at Sobibor.  The court did not prove that he assisted in mass murder; nor did the court prove that anyone was killed at Sobibor.  Demjanjuk was found guilty of participating in a “common design,” a new law that was created after the war.  Read my previous blog post about Demjanjuk’s conviction here.

You can read the history of the persecution of John Demjanjuk in an article here written by Jerome A. Brentar entitled My Campaign for Justice for John Demjanjuk with an introduction by Mark Weber.


  1. Marschiert im Geist in unsere Reihe mit

    Comment by schlageter — March 18, 2012 @ 5:43 am

  2. Ukrainian-Canadian Professor Lubomyr Prytulak has thoroughly dissected the John Demjanjuk’s case with an extremely meticulous attention to detail.

    An account of this fascinating research can be read here.

    This biography sums up the travails this heroic victim had to suffer from the jewish eternal retribution.

    Comment by Eager for Answers — March 18, 2012 @ 2:26 am

  3. He may als9o have been a rapist. Many of the Ukrainian guards at Sobibor raped young jewish gills and then had them eliminated. Ukrainian guards were worst than the Germans if one can be worst. , according to surviving testimonies. In addition, they also were sadists. Poles also suffered from the Ukrainiancolloborators. In one instance they seized some Poles and cut them like wood on a wood cutter machine. No mourning here.

    Comment by Fred A. Kahn — March 17, 2012 @ 3:51 pm

    • I do not know were you got your information from: Lets be clear about of one particular subject: Rape by German Soldiers if proven and court marshalled, during war time of occupation in a foreign country was executed by a firing squad of twelve men, six rifles when handed out had blanks, the other six had bullits. There was a good reason for this and I let you figure that one out by yourself.
      When it cames to Sobibor or Belsec the German SS were more then strict with the Trawniki-men, following is a brief comment from my blog which has been edited by indepedent researchers:
      Between the population of Belzec and the Trawniki men contacts quickly developed that deepened when the first transports arrived in Belzec. The Trawniki men left more or less regularly and sneaked out of the camp and smuggled stolen Jewish property, which they exchanged with the local populations for alcohol or “love services”. Former residents reported contacts and intimate relationships with women that arrived from other villages as a convenient method for desirable goods in exchange for their “services”. For alcohol, they had paid twice the retail price. Payment was made in Polish or foreign currencies or valuables that had been stolen. The Trawniki men were also among the first source of information about the crimes in the camp. Officially these contacts were banned, but visits among the Trawniki men in Belzec and environment was a matter of everyday life. The barracks of them were searched regularly. When they were caught leaving the camp without authorisation, they received 25 lashes. Some of them were shot as a penalty for smuggling out of valuables from the camp.

      Comment by Herbert Stolpmann — March 17, 2012 @ 5:37 pm

    • Got any proof Fred? Or more “testimony” from “reliable” survivors?

      Of course, your folks never stop to ask the fundamental question that would provoke otherwise civilized people from acting out “why us?”

      Comment by Schlageter — March 18, 2012 @ 7:26 am

    • The word poles should not be capitalized when referring to wood cut on a wood cutter machine. Poles with a capital P refers to people living in Poland, who are well known for hating the German people and are not above telling lies about the Germans and other ethnic groups in Europe.

      Comment by furtherglory — March 18, 2012 @ 10:27 am

  4. As I remember at his first trial, it was established that he was not the guard they had been accusing him of being for years. Then they accused him of being a different guard and went after him again. Eye witness accounts are always suspect, and when the events occurred 50 or 60 years ago, even more so. Each time you remember an event, it gets restored in your brain often leading to unreliable details which are often a combination of actual events and dreams.

    Comment by Timothy — March 17, 2012 @ 10:42 am

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