‘Ivan the Terrible’ – John Demjanjuk:Case Verdict Due

John Demjanjuk

Convicted Nazi camp guard John Demjanjuk, will be released from jail despite his five-year sentence.

The court say 91-year-old Demjanjuk participated willingly in the Holocaust, having helped to murder 27,900 Jews at the Sobibor death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland in 1943.

Mr Demjanjuk denies the charges, his lawyer said during the Munich trial that prosecutors had failed to produce any evidence of Mr Demjanjuk’s guilt.

Demjanjuk, called  ‘Ivan the Terrible’ by the prisoners of the camp, insists that he was forced to help the Nazis and had no choice.

An estimated 250,000 people died in the gas chambers at Sobibor.

Mr Demjanjuk was born in Ukraine. In 1951 he emigrated to the US, lived in Ohio  and later became a naturalised citizen.

In 2009 he was extradited to Germany from the US to face trial.

In the 1980s, an Israeli court identified him as “Ivan the Terrible”, a  sadistic guard at the Treblinka death camp. But his conviction was overturned because of  new evidence showed that maybe another Ukrainian was  responsible.

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