Can the Jews ever get enough revenge?
I remember very clearly the day in September 1998 when a tour guide took me to see the city of Lublin on my trip to Poland. I was on a one-person tour of sites related to the Holocaust and a stop at a famous Yeshiva was on the agenda, before going to see the Majdanek death camp, which is now located within the city limits of Lublin.
The Yeshiva building was located at ul. Lubartoweska 85. I saw the former classrooms of the Yeshiva which were still being used by medical students. Known as “The School of the Sages of Lublin,” it was the world’s largest Talmudic school.
After seeing the classrooms, the guide took me to see a little room where there was a book to sign and add a personal comment. I was appalled to see that the visitors, who had been there before me, had all signed the book with the words: REVENGE, REVENGE, REVENGE.
A day or two later, when another guide took me to see the Auschwitz II camp, aka Birkenau, I saw a collection of signs that had been put on sticks stuck into the ground near the ruins of the Krema II gas chamber. The words on the signs were in Hebrew, and I asked the Jewish guide what the words meant. She told me that all the signs said REVENGE, REVENGE, REVENGE.
All this was brought back to my mind when I read a blog post here about the death of John Demjanjuk.
The blog post, dated March 19, 2012, starts out with this quote:
As you may know, over the weekend former Nazi death camp prison guard and mass murderer John Demjanjuk a/k/a “Ivan the Terrible” died at the age of 91. As I’ve lamented in many previous posts on this site, he lived three or four times longer than many of his tens of thousands of victims. So, his death after a full life is little cause for celebration. He lived more than half a century in freedom in the United States.
Seriously? Mass murderer? When was John Demjanjuk convicted of mass murder? I must keep up with the news. I didn’t know that Demjanjuk was convicted of being the infamous “Ivan the Terrible.” He had “tens of thousands of victims”? This blogger must know something that I don’t know.
For example, I learned something new from this quote:
Demjanjuk lied on his documents to enter the United States and again to get immigration benefits and U.S. citizenship, never noting his membership in the Nazi Party or his role in murdering tens of thousands of Jews at the Treblinka death camp.
Now, I get it. Demjanjuk was a member of the “Nazi party,” the German political party known as the NSDAP. Who knew?
Here is another quote from the rest of the article about John Demjanjuk:
As I’ve also reported, even though Demjanjuk’s circus of a “trial” in Israel was a bust, that’s only because left-wing lawyers representing him introduced some silly claim that “Ivan the Terrible,” was only “Ivan the Not as Terrible.” And the left-dominated Israeli court bought it. Never explained away was why Demjanjuk had a scar from the removal of his Nazi SS tattoo under his arm, a tattoo and location common to top SS guards. The Israeli courts didn’t allow that evidence to be introduced, along with an avalanche of other proof this man was a cold-blooded killer of Jews.
So the Israeli courts would not allow evidence that Demjanjuk was a “top SS guard” with a “Nazi tattoo” under his arm? There was an “avalanche of proof” that the Israeli court would not allow to be introduced? So that’s why Demjanjuk was not convicted in his first trial. Who knew?
This quote is a continuation of the blog post :
As I’ve frequently noted on this site, Demjanjuk repeatedly gamed the system, with appeal after appeal. It took well over a decade to deport him . . . for essentially the second time. And it’s interesting that the only real jail time Demjanjuk did was his time in an Ohio ICE detention center. That’s because one ICE deportation official, then-Michigan/Ohio ICE Field Office Director Robin F. Baker, had the guts to say no to this Nazi mass-murderer and make him serve at least a little time in 2005. That’s little solace for the many victims of Demjanjuk, but at least this Nazi war criminal did some tiny amount of time in prison–a prison that, despite whining media reports, is paradise compared with what his Jewish victims endured. At least his family, which refused to admit what they clearly knew to be true about their father, had to visit him behind plexiglass.
What’s amazing and sad in this country is that if you are an aging Nazi mass-murderer or a Muslim who lied on immigration forms, you can play games and stay here forever, escaping any form of justice for your fraud and your crimes. And yet, Sean Hannity pal, neo-Nazi Pat Buchanan, was forever singing the praises of and defending this “angel of death” on earth. So did Weekly Standard Editor Philip Terzian, who claimed Demjanjuk “was forced” to become a Nazi and that he was “only a concentration camp guard,” and therefore his murder of over 30,000 Jews is okay. These are not leftists defending the mass-murder of the Jews. These are conservatives.
So, as I’ve written before, John Demjanjuk had the last laugh. He lived a full life,complete with generations of family he left, unlike most of his victims, the majority of whom perished in ovens and gas chambers but not before being subjected to his cruelty and the dogs and weapons he used against them to keep them from escaping and often to keep them from living.