Germany Charges Demjanjuk with Complicity in Deaths at Nazi Camp

(March 11, 2009)


On March 11, 2009, German prosecutors issued an arrest warrant for 88-year-old native Ukrainian John Demjanjuk, who currently lives in Ohio, charging him with complicity in the murder of thousands of people at Sobibor, a Nazi concentration camp in German-occupied Poland during the Holocaust. If transferred to Munich, Demjanjuk's case could mark Germany's final major Nazi war-crimes trial, as the few former Nazis still alive are in their 80s or 90s and may be unfit to stand trial. Demjanjuk's family has argued that health issues make him too ill to survive travel to Germany and a lengthy prosecution there. Demjanjuk has not been successfully prosecuted until this point because the U.S. government does not have the jurisdiction to try him for his actions during World War II and he was freed on appeal in 1993 when evidence emerged that he had been confused with another Ukrainian guard at Treblinka.


Source: The Washington Post (March 12, 2009)