Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Trial Begins For Alleged Nazi War Criminal
The latest trial has begun for alleged Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk. Demjanjuk, 89, who had been living near Cleveland, allegedly forced thousands of Jewish prisoners into gas chambers.
The retired auto worker came to the United States in 1951. His first conviction in Israel was overturned by that nation's Supreme Court because he had been misidentified as the infamous SS guard known as Ivan the Terrible. He then returned to the United States and was later identified as a guard at three other Nazi death camps - two in occupied Poland and one in Germany. He was extradited to Germany after a U.S. court ruled that, despite his advanced age and declining health, he was well enough to stand trial there.
He is charged with 28,000 counts of accessory to murder.