Demjanjuk Conviction and Sentencing
(May 12, 2011)
On May 12, 2011, John Demjanjuk was found guilty of being an accessory to the murders of tens of thousands of Jews while he served as Nazi guard at Sobibor death camp in Poland during World War II. The German court charged Demjanjuk for his involvement in 27,900 murders and sentenced the 91-year-old to five years in prison. The court originally accused him of complicity in 29,000 murders, but the prosecutor's office later revised the number to exclude those who died during transport to Sobibor.
Demjanjuk's trial opened in November 2009, after he was stripped of United States citizenship and deported to Germany, and served as the final chapter in a 30-year international legal saga over Demjanjuk's role as a Nazi guard at Sobibor concentration camp.