John Demjanjuk Convicted in Historic Case


Demjanjuk convicted of thousands of counts of accessory to murder at the Sobibor Death Camp in Nazi-occupied Poland.


By: NEWS STAFF  
Published: May 12th 2011
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John Demjanjuk

John Demjanjuk has finally been convicted of thousands of counts of accessory to murder at the Sobibor Death Camp in Nazi-occupied Poland.

The 91-year-old Ukraine native and retired Ohio autoworker was sentenced to five years in prison on Thursday, May 12.  

The result of the trial has historic implications because while it may be the last case of this nature to be tried in Germany, this was the first time a non-German was charged by Germany with a Nazi War Crime, and brought to trial in that country.

Demjanjuk was charged with 28,060 counts of being an accessory to murder, representative of each person who was killed during the time he was reported to be a guard at the Camp.  

He showed little reaction to the verdict, and declined the opportunity to make a final statement.

“The court is convinced that the defendant served as a guard at Sobibor from 27 March 1943 to mid September 1943,” said presiding Judge Ralph Alt, as he announced the verdict.

 

"The Sobibor death camp was built with one purpose in mind - to murder its victims," said Canadian Jewish Congress Chief Executive Officer Bernie M. Farber. "More than 250,000 Jews died there. They were sent directly from the trains to the gas chambers without mercy. Guards like Demjanjuk, who worked at the camp, were essential cogs in the machinery of mass murder. This can never be forgotten."



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