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April 25, 2017

Jan Demjanjuk is dead but not gone — he is back in the news

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 5:57 pm

John Demjanjuk is shown on the right in the photo above

The two letters J in Demjanjuk’s name are pronounced like the letter Y in English words. So his name, when properly pronounced, sounds like Demyanyuk.

You can read the latest news about John Demjanjuk in this newspaper article:

The following quote is from the news article:

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U.S. prosecutors first went after Demjanjuk in 1977, when they accused him of lying about his wartime past to get into the United States, and they sought his deportation. In 1986, he was charged in Israel as being “Ivan the Terrible,” a Ukrainian guard who tortured Jews at the Treblinka death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland.

He was convicted and sentenced to death, but years later, in 1993, Israel’s Supreme Court overturned the conviction, based on new information obtained after the fall of the Soviet Union. The court, however, said the Nazis had trained him as a guard and that he served at the Sobibor death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland.

Demjanjuk returned to the United States, and a judge re-instated his citizenship. In 1999, federal prosecutors again sought his deportation. They said Demjanjuk worked at Sobibor and two other camps. They based their case on seven wartime documents that they said tied Demjanjuk to the Nazis.

U.S. District Judge Paul Matia ruled in 2002 that Demjanjuk and other Nazi guards led Jews off trains at Sobibor, disrobed them and led them to the gas chambers. An immigration judge later ordered Demjanjuk deported, but no country initially would take him.

That changed in 2009, when German prosecutors sought to charge him with accessory in the deaths of 28,000 in Sobibor. He eventually was taken to Germany, despite his family’s protests over his poor health. He was convicted in 2011. His case was on appeal when he died.

But his family refused to give up. His attorneys said federal prosecutors withheld an FBI document that questioned the legitimacy of a Nazi guard pass, which judges have said places Demjanjuk in Nazi service. Polster, the federal judge whom Bloch interviewed, ruled the FBI document was based on speculation and mistaken beliefs.

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Sobibor is one of the few Holocaust camps that I have never visited. When I did some research on Sobibor with the intention of going there, I learned that it was a dangerous place, way out in the boondocks, where thieves were waiting to kill American tourists and take all their money.

Fortunately Alan Collins went there and took photos which he allowed me to use on my website at

Two monuments at Sobibor dedicated to the prisoners who were killed there

Large monument with large pile of ashes in the background

In the photo immediately above, the red stone sculpture represents a woman, looking up at the sky, holding a small child in her arms. In the background can be seen the huge mound of ashes that is located in the former Camp III. These are the ashes of the Jews who were allegedly gassed and burned at Sobibor.

During World War II, and for years afterward, the Sobibor camp was virtually unknown. William Shirer did not even mention it in his monumental 1147-page book entitled “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.” It was not until the release of a 1987 TV movie, “Escape from Sobibor,” based on a book with the same name, that the public knew of this remote spot where thousands of Jews lost their lives. The movie tells the story of the revolt during which around 300 prisoners escaped; no more than 50 of them survived to the end of the war.

According to an article in the Liverpool Daily Post, a prisoner named Leon Feldhendler had been formulating plans for an escape for many months but it wasn’t until the arrival in Sobibor of a transport of Soviet prisoners of war, among them Red Army Officer Alexander ‘Sasha’ Pechersky, that the plan of action really began to take shape.

Initially Feldhendler and his conspirators had thought of poisoning the camp guards and making their escape but the guards discovered the poison and shot 5 prisoners in reprisal. Another idea, to set fire to the camp and escape in the confusion, had to be abandoned when the Germans planted mines around the camp perimeter.

Feldhendler met with Pechersky and with the aid of another man, Solomon Leitman, who acted as the interpreter, became Pechersky’s main collaborator in the plot. With his military experience, the former Red Army Lieutenant quickly assumed the leadership of the escape plan.

The exact number of Jews who were murdered at Sobibor is unknown since the bodies were burned on pyres and the train records were destroyed. Estimates range from 170,000 to 250,000 deaths in the short time that Sobibor was in operation.

According to Dutch historian Johannes Houwink ten Cate, the transportation list of the Jews sent on 19 trains to Sobibor from the transit camp at Westerbork in the Netherlands contains the names and place of birth of the 34,000 Dutch Jews, but the names of the Jews sent from other countries to Sobibor are unknown. Approximately 33,000 Dutch Jews were killed in the gas chambers at Sobibor and 1,000 were chosen as workers at Sobibor, or to be sent to a nearby labor camp. Only 19 Dutch Jews survived.

In 1999, Jules Schelvis, the sole survivor of a transport of Dutch Jews from Westerbork on June 1, 1943, founded Stichting Sobibor. The foundation’s goal is to keep the memory of the Sobibor camp alive.


  1. Some good background on the Demjanjuk case and the man who defended him to his own detriment and I believe death.

    Comment by Jim Rizoli — April 26, 2017 @ 6:28 am

  2. Sobibor is just another Horror Disneyland camp. You know the Jews are lying when they make movies of it.
    More on it here….


    Comment by Jim Rizoli — April 26, 2017 @ 6:16 am

  3. Sobibor is a joke. The whole place is about the size of a few football fields. Funny then when I visited a few years ago a major excavation was underway to identify where exactly the gas chambers allegedly stood.
    Apparently despite its small size, none of the 50 odd “survivors” all scratching their collective heads couldn’t remember where it was?

    Comment by Schlageter — April 26, 2017 @ 4:27 am

    • Inconvenient History, Vol 1, Nr 2 (2009) — The “Nazi Extermination Camp” of Sobibor in the Context of the Demjanjuk CaseNo Physical or Forensic Evidence to Prove Traditional View of Sobibor — How Were the Jews Allegedly Murdered at Sobibor?…Judge Matia and the mainstream historians claim that Jews were murdered in gas chambers at Sobibor, and carbon monoxide was the death-gas. Yet, there are former prisoners who have claimed that chlorine was the death-gas…Stanislaw Szmajzner believed the Germans used exhaust fumes, but also Zyklon B gas.:.Alterations in the story abound. In 1943, one Sobibor witness even claimed the Jews were killed with electricity and gas…The pre-eminent historian of the Holocaust, the late Raul Hilberg, claimed that a diesel engine supplied the deadly gas to “gas chambers.” — blah blah, it’s all ridiculous.

      Comment by eah — April 26, 2017 @ 5:12 am

  4. This comment left at the Cleveland newspaper article about a film about Demjanjuk that an Israeli fimmaker hopes to make explains why some East European immigrants (including Demjanjuk) lied on their US visa applications after the war….”So, the Israeli court system already previously overturned Demjanjuk’s conviction and death-sentence for war crimes, shortly before Demjanjuk died. What would really be interesting for this filmmaker to consider, is a documentary about the U.S. Justice Department’s treatment of him over the years, from revocation of his U.S. citizenship, through conviction and later exoneration by the Israeli courts, and give the public the details about the only crime he was ever convicted of – lying on his immigration application – and let the public know exactly WHY he needed to obscure the facts of his past, to avoid forced “repatriation” to the Communist state which would condemn him for treason, for merely being taken prisoner.”

    A film about the corruption and the shennanigans of the exclusively Jewish U.S. Justice Dept.’s OSI (Office of Special Investigations) would be very revealing. I own a book about it entitled SOVIET EVIDENCE IN NORTH AMERICAN COURTS: An Analysis of Problems and Concerns with Reliance on Communist Source Evidence in Alleged War criminal Trials by S. Paul Zumbakis, l966. John Demjanjuk and Archbishop Viorel (Valerian) Trifa were hounded for decades by the OSI. After 27 years of it Trifa finally told his congregation in Grass Lake, MI that he could no longer ask them to help him fight the ongoing civil court case against him. He relinquished his citizenship and died in exile. I’ve seen photographic evidence concocted by the KGB used against him in court that is laughably phoney. He and John Denjanjuk were the victims of a sadistic and unforgiving tribal vengeance ordinary Christians can’t concieve of.

    Comment by who dares wings — April 25, 2017 @ 8:02 pm

  5. OT

    Speaking of ‘back in the news’:

    Holocaust denier Ernst Zundel barred from moving to the U.S., though his wife is an American citizenHolocaust denier Ernst Zundel apparently wanted to move to the United States from Germany. (I say apparently because the decision on which I’m reporting, just posted on Westlaw but decided March 31 by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Administrative Appeals Office, referred only to one E.C.Z., but both the initials and the facts described in the decision fit Zundel and likely no one else.) He would normally get an immigrant visa, because his wife of 16 years — who is about 80 years old — is a U.S. citizen. But he was classified as inadmissible because he has been convicted of foreign crimes for which the sentence was five years or more:..

    Compare: ICE releases 19,723 criminal illegals, 208 convicted of murder, 900 of sex crimes

    Comment by eah — April 25, 2017 @ 6:57 pm

    • foreign crimes for which the sentence was five years or more

      These guys could not be barred using that criteria: Sweden Jails Trio for Facebook Livestream Gang RAPEA Swedish court on Tuesday sentenced three young men to prison for gang raping a woman and livestreaming the attack on Facebook…Reza Mohammed Ahmadi, 21, was sentenced to two years and four months in prison for rape and accessory to rape, while Maysam Afshar, 18, was sentenced to one year in prison for rape, a reduced sentence because of his age…Both are Afghan citizens who have been granted residency in Sweden.

      (They could well be barred on other grounds.)

      Comment by eah — April 25, 2017 @ 7:10 pm

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