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March 17, 2012

Don’t Cry for Me, Pat Buchanan

Filed under: History, the Holocaust — Tags: , — edge of the sandbox @ 9:13 am

John Demjanjuk is dead of natural causes:

Convicted Nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk, 91, has died in a retirement home in southern Germany, police said Saturday.

Last year, a German found the retired Ohio autoworker guilty of aiding the murder of 27,900 Jews at Sobibor, a Nazi extermination camp in occupied Poland, over several months of 1943.

Rot in hell.

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9 Comments »

  1. Good riddance to Demjanjuk. Damn, but he sure did live for a long time.

    Comment by Always On Watch — March 18, 2012 @ 1:45 pm

  2. I’m sure he has his own special section there, Edge.

    Comment by pjMom — March 18, 2012 @ 7:54 pm

  3. Interesting how Israel withdrew their verdict and Germany relied upon possibly forged documents for a conviction. After Israel overturned his conviction they said he likely did something but they couldn’t prove what.

    Comment by Harrison — March 18, 2012 @ 11:31 pm

    • I don’t think there was any doubt about his SS membership and that he was a guard somewhere at the time of executions — he had an SS tattoo removed, there were witnesses. His ID was probably forged.

      Comment by edge of the sandbox — March 19, 2012 @ 8:12 am

      • I think it was the first time someone with no proven direct connection to actually physically murdering people was convicted of murder. I don’t think he was a saint but I do think the Krauts made him a scapegoat. After all, Israel reversed a death penalty verdict and released him.

        Comment by Harrison — March 19, 2012 @ 8:42 am

        • Israel didn’t retry him because he was already sentenced once for Treblinka when the crimes actually occurred in Sobibor. They figured it was double jeopardy, not sure why.

          Comment by edge of the sandbox — March 19, 2012 @ 11:19 am

          • I think the Israeli appeals court found there wasn’t evidence to support his conviction and they didn’t re-try him because of double jeoprody.

            “In 1993, Israel’s Supreme Court overturned Demjanjuk’s conviction, but it stressed that the Nazis had trained him to become a guard and that he had served at a Polish death camp. He was released from prison and returned to his family in Ohio.”

            http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-faith/accused-nazi-guard-john-demjanjuk-dies-at-91/2012/03/19/gIQATV2jNS_story_1.html

            You don’t get convicted of 22,000 murders by just being a guard, but apparently in Germany they got that to stick.

            It was politics.

            Comment by Harrison — March 19, 2012 @ 4:09 pm

          • I don’t understand why the US allowed Demjanjuk back into the country considering that he lied on his application, which made hims deportable. This is how they get you not for being a Nazi, a communist, a terrorist or a criminal, but for lying about it. If we let SS members back into the country, who do we keep out, shoplifters?
            Technically, Demjanjuk was convicted of being an *accessory* to murder and sentenced to something like 5 years. For being a guard at a death camp. IIRC part of his defense in Israel was that he was a guard at Sobibor, not Treblinka, hence the double jeopardy (although it still doesn’t make any sense).

            Comment by edge of the sandbox — March 19, 2012 @ 5:16 pm

  4. Either way, he’s dead now!

    Comment by Harrison — March 19, 2012 @ 11:15 pm


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