Saturday, March 17, 2012

Ex-Nazi death camp guard Demjanjuk dies in Germany

CNN reports that former Nazi death camp guard and onetime Ohio autoworker John Demjanjuk has died in Germany.The Ukraine native moved to the U.S. after World War II and raised a family and worked in the auto industry in Ohio.  After years of immigration and extradition litigation, he was finally extradited from the United States in 2009e. The accusations against Demjanjuk date to the late 1970s, when the U.S. Justice Department accused him of being a Nazi guard known as "Ivan the Terrible."

Demanjuk's U.S. citizenship was revoked in 1981, and he was extradited to Israel in 1986. He was convicted in an Israeli court in 1988 and sentenced to death, but that conviction was overturned in 1993 amid evidence that someone else was "Ivan the Terrible." A U.S. federal court restored Demjanjuk's citizenship, ruling that the government withheld evidence supporting his case. But his citizenship was revoked again in 2002 after a federal judge ruled that his 1952 entry into the United States was illegal because he hid his past as a Nazi guard.


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