natallnews.com | 18May2009 | Paul Grubach (2001)
John Demjanjuk Saga
In 1993, the Israeli Supreme Court ruled that John Demjanjuk was not
guilty in regard to the allegations that he was the notorious guard of
Treblinka known as “Ivan the Terrible.” His United States citizenship
was restored shortly thereafter.
The Justice Department’s Office of Special Investigations (OSI) has
recently revived the 24-year old case by bringing a new legal complaint
against the Ukrainian born retiree. They claim Demjanjuk was a guard in
other Nazi concentration camps and that he lied about his wartime
activities in his application to enter the United States in 1951.
Commenting on the matter, an official of the Anti-Defamation League
(ADL) called the renewed OSI campaign “a matter of justice and the
integrity of American citizenship.”(1)
Justice Department attorneys say war criminals must be prosecuted,
regardless of their age.(2)
Noted journalist John Sack has documented how Jewish officials in
Poland persecuted and murdered large numbers of German prisoners in the
aftermath of World War Two in his book, An Eye for an Eye. After
committing such dastardly deeds, many of these Jews came to America.(3)
If it is right and just that alleged non-Jewish war criminals like
Demjanjuk be legally hounded and deported, then Jewish war criminals
should be met with the same fate. If the U.S. government devotes
resources to the rooting out of non-Jewish war criminals, then they
should devote resources to the rooting out of Jewish war criminals. To
concentrate only upon non-Jewish war criminals is selective justice.
And Selective justice is in fact injustice. Why the hypocritical double
What really lies behind this campaign?
Holocaust revisionism, the theory that the traditional view of the
Jewish Holocaust contains lies, exaggerations and other falsehoods, is
a serious threat to Zionist power and influence. Various governments
have resorted to “war crimes trials” to combat its phenomenal growth.
Indeed, Israel’s former Attorney General, Yitzhak Zamir, publicly
admitted that this was one of the major purposes of the Israeli
Demjanjuk trial: “At a time when there are those who even deny that the
Holocaust ever took place, it is important to remind the world of what
a fascist regime is capable of…and in this respect the Demjanjuk trial
will fulfill an important function.”(4)
In 1993, as the case against Demjanjuk was falling apart, an Israeli
prosecutor close to the case acknowledged a political motive for
continuing the campaign. “So the important thing now is at least to
prove that Demjanjuk was part of the Nazi extermination
machine…otherwise…we will be making a great contribution to the new
world-wide movement of those who deny the Holocaust took place.”(5)
California psychology professor Kevin MacDonald has shown how Jewish
groups, in attempting to gain approval from non-Jews, have often framed
their purely parochial interests in terms of universal principles that
supposedly benefit everyone.(6) With this in mind, I believe, the ADL
and OSI made the renewed campaign against Demjanjuk appear to be in the
interest of all Americans. At the risk of being redundant I will again
quote the ADL official. The current campaign against Demjanjuk, he
alleged, is “a matter of justice and the integrity of American
citizenship.” In short, parochial Zionist interests are cloaked in the
lofty-sounding rhetoric of morality and patriotism.
The further prosecution of John Demjanjuk will only prolong the
undeserved suffering of an elderly man and the entire Demjanjuk family,
and possibly exacerbate the already existing tensions between Jews and
Eastern European émigré groups. Another such trial does not serve the
American ideal of justice. It is an example of selective justice or
rather injustice;. the U.S. government makes no attempt to root out
alleged Jewish war criminals, just alleged non-Jewish war criminals
like Demjanjuk. Another trial serves the ulterior goals of the ADL and
OSI in combating Holocaust revisionism, a dire threat to the entire
The hunt for and prosecution of John Demjanjuk is but one example of
discrimination that Euro-Americans face. On the subject of war crimes
trials, bias directed against non-Jewish, European émigrés is alive and
well in the United States.
1. The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio), May 20, 1999, p.10-A.
2.The Plain Dealer, May 28, 2001, p.8-A.
3. An Eye for an Eye: The Untold Story of Jewish Revenge Against
Germans in 1945 (Basic Books, 1993), p.150.
4. See Cleveland Jewish News, March 21, 1986, p.16.
5. Quoted in Yoram Sheftel’s Defending 'Ivan the Terrible': The
Conspiracy to Convict John Demjanjuk (Regnery Publishing, Inc., 1996),
6. Separation and its Discontents: Toward an Evolutionary Theory of
Anti-Semitism (Praeger, 1998), p.193, passim.
© Copyright 2001, Paul Grubach
The link to this posting seems to be broken
Grubach presumably wrote this article circa 01Jun2001 in response to the opening of the
second Demjanjuk denaturalization trial from 29May/07Jun2001.]