Accused Nazi War Criminal Demjanuk Goes On Trial

by Daniel Russ on November 30, 2009

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John Demjanjuk, accused of helping to murder nearly 28,000 Jews at a Nazi death camp, has gone on trial in the German city of Munich.

Mr Demjanjuk, who is 89 and was deported from the US in May, entered the courtroom in a wheelchair. His eyes were closed but he seemed conscious.

He denies being a camp guard at Sobibor, in Nazi-occupied Poland.

The trial is expected to last until May and, if found guilty, Mr Demjanjuk could be sentenced to 15 years in jail.

The trial’s first session was delayed for over an hour, as large numbers of people tried to gain access.”

Source: BBC



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fasterthanu June 28, 2010 at 7:42 pm

I hardly think being a guard helped murder nearly 30,000 Jews.

He was just doing his job, Christ. I wonder if the janitor is also being tried for genocide.

If being a guard gets you 15 years for genocide, then what should happen to the pilots who dropped 2 nukes over Japan, and the Brits who carpet bombed Berlin??

Daniel Russ June 28, 2010 at 9:21 pm

I can see some of your point. Frankly the Allies carpet bombed Germany and killed many non combatants.

It’s a difficult thing to justify and I wonder if it really expedited the edn of the war or just punished and embittered innocents.

But Demjanuk knew what was going on and what he was doing.

Bill August 11, 2011 at 10:39 am

I have photo’s that my Father snapped PERSONALLY when he was part of the liberation team of Bergen-Belsen. If anyone could see the photo’s I have in front of me….I could be wrong….they would be so repulsed and astounded at what is seen they may refuse to look at any more. 18 of these photo’s were deemed TOO GRUESOME by the S’sonian to display. And the smell; my father had to order gas masks for all of his men. These photo’s made me lose faith in the Human Race for a long, long time.
BTW…I’m Jewish.

Bill August 11, 2011 at 10:40 am

……and the Carpet bombing…what do you think happened to London? ALL’S FAIR IN LOVE AND WAR. You don’t fight a pussy gentleman’s war…YOU FIGHT TO WIN !

Daniel Russ August 11, 2011 at 1:38 pm

I appreciate your visit and your comments. That said, carpet bombing innocents is wrong. The women and children left behind in Germany did not wage war on their neighbors. Murdering them accomplished nothing. It also apparently has the opposite of effect that is intended. Strategic bombing tends to harden the hearts of those we are trying to defeat. Th Germans did not give up until the very last straw.

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