Demjanjuk Loses U.S. Citizenship

(February 21, 2002)


A U.S. judge revoked the citizenship of John Demjanjuk after prosecutors successfully argued that he had fraudulently become an American citizen after World War II by concealing his past as a guard at several Nazi concentration camps. Demjanjuk, 81, lost his citizenship in 1981 when it was believed he was the Nazi guard "Ivan the Terrible" from Treblinka. He was extradited to Israel in 1986 to stand trial for crimes against humanity. He was convicted and sentenced to death in 1988. After spending five years on death row, the Israeli Supreme Court ruled there was reasonable doubt that he was Ivan and ordered that he be released. Demjanjuk returned to the U.S. where prosecutors had found additional evidence to prove that although he wasn't Ivan, he had been a guard at other camps.


Source: JTA, (February 21, 2002).