Montreal Gazette| 23Jul2009 | Roman Korol
A Dickens tale
"Lock him up," writes Alan Heillig as regards to John Demjanjuk
(Letters, July 19, 2009).
Informed by a newspaper article, Heillig is eager to be judge, jury,
and executioner regardless of proof. He brings to mind the sinister
Madame Defarge in Charles Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities. This
character wallowed daily in vengeance by eagerly watching heads - any
heads, guilty or innocent - lopped off by the guillotine, while she
mob, personified. I wonder if he has fangs. [Censored from original
Montreal Gazette | 19Jul2009 | Alan Heillig
Lock him up
Having read the July 14, 2009 article about John Demjanjuk, I don't
feel a shred of pity. If he's guilty, it's not bad enough he's been
living a lie all these years. What he allegedly did to 27,900 Jews is
inexcusable. As far as I'm concerned, his trial can't come soon enough,
and the fact that he's 89 makes me feel that much better.
His doctors say he has 16 months to live. I say he can spend them
Montreal Gazette | 14Jul2009 | Simon Sturdee
Demjanjuk tied to 27,900 murders
To be tried in Germany;
Former Ohio mechanic was guard at death camp, prosecutors claim
A German court said yesterday that former death camp guard John
Demjanjuk will be tried for "complicity to murder" 27,900 people, in
what could be one of the last cases of its kind.
Prosecutors contend the Ukrainian-born Demjanjuk, 89, helped herd Jews
and others into gas chambers while he was a guard at the Sobibor death
camp in German-occupied Poland in 1943. Demjanjuk was deported from the
United States in May after losing a lengthy legal battle.
No date was set for the trial to begin. The defendant's poor health
means he will be subjected to two court sessions of 90 minutes each
day, at most.
The accused, who moved to the U.S. and worked as an auto mechanic in
Ohio after the Second World War, suffers from kidney disease, arthritis
and cancer, according to his family.
His son John Demjanjuk Jr. has said German doctors had given his father
16 months to live because of bone marrow disease.
Courts in Israel and the U.S. have stated Demjanjuk was a guard at
Sobibor. His lawyer says the accused was never there.
Prosecutors also have an identity card from the Schutzstaffel - known
as the SS, which was in charge of the camps - bearing a photograph of a
man said to be Demjanjuk, and written transcripts of witness testimony
placing him at the camp.
Demjanjuk spent five years on death row in Israel before he was
acquitted in 1993 when the country's highest court overturned the
verdict. In that case, he was suspected of being a brutal guard known
as "Ivan the Terrible," Israel established it had the wrong man.
Demjanjuk was stripped of his U.S. citizenship for lying about his
past. Munich prosecutors say it falls on the German city to try him
because he had been registered as living there after the war.