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.