Kyiv Post | 11Aug2010 | Associated Press
Documents suggest Demjanjuk link to the second Nazi camp
MUNICH (AP) -- A German historian on Wednesday presented
evidence at the trial of John Demjanjuk that suggested he worked as a
guard at the Nazis' Flossenbuerg concentration camp.
Matthias Meissner of Germany's Federal Archive showed the Munich state
court original documents from Flossenbuerg listing a man called
"Demianiuk" and "Demenjuk" as a guard there in October 1943.
The ID number on the card was the same as on the key piece of evidence
in the trial -- a Nazi-issued identity card that the prosecution says
carried Demjanjuk's photo and indicates he was a guard at the Sobibor
death camp in Poland.
Although Demjanjuk isn't charged with any crimes at Flossenbuerg, which
was a forced labor camp rather than a death camp, the documents shown
by Meissner could back up the prosecution's allegation that Demjanjuk
was indeed a camp guard and might later have been transferred to
Former Ohio autoworker Demjanjuk faces 28,060 counts of accessory to
murder related to his alleged activities at Sobibor.
The 90-year-old denies the charges. The defense maintains Demjanjuk was
a Soviet soldier captured by the Germans and spent most of the war in
prison camps himself.
Meissner said that the name "Demianiuk" figured twice on a list of
weapons handed out to guards at Flossenbuerg in October 1943. Another
list of guards, which is undated, lists "Demenjuk" alongside his
alleged Nazi ID number, Meissner said.
A third document shows that a "Diminiuk," again identified by the same
ID number, was put on service at a bunker on the Flossenbuerg grounds
in October 1943, Meissner said.
Transcribing names from the Cyrillic alphabet used in Demjanjuk's
native Ukraine could lead to slight variations in spellings.
Defense attorney Ulrich Busch questioned the documents' authenticity
and said Demjanjuk never was a guard in Flossenbuerg.
About 100,000 people were imprisoned throughout the war at
Flossenbuerg, in southeastern Germany, and about 30,000 inmates were
killed or died there due to inhumane treatment.
Presiding judge Ralph Alt said he asked Demjanjuk before the session if
he wanted to look at the documents, but the defendant declined.
Demjanjuk followed the hearing lying in a hospital bed next to the
judge's bench, wearing sunglasses and showing no reaction to the
Demjanjuk was deported from the U.S. to Germany in May 2009.
He had his U.S. citizenship revoked in 1981 after the U.S. Justice
Department alleged he hid his past as the notorious Treblinka guard
"Ivan the Terrible."
He was extradited to Israel, where he was found guilty and sentenced to
death in 1988, only to have the conviction overturned five years later
as a case of mistaken identity.
The trial in Munich, which started in November 2009, will resume on
Sept. 13, 2010 following a summer break.
Germany is trying Demjanjuk for a crime that the Israeli High Court
exonerated him from in 1993.
His crime is that he was a proud member of the Ukrainian Diaspora
living the American dream. The Soviets started this witch-hunt, for
Deformation of Western Ukraine as Nazi collaborators, which could not
be proven at the Nuremberg Trials. WHERE IS THE DEFENSE LEGAL TEAM FROM
Ever wonder why Metropolitan Andryj Sheptytsky of Lviv who hid Jews is
not canonized a saint by the Vatican? Because he is UKRAINIAN.