Kyiv Post | 23May2011 | Associated Press
Press catches Demjanjuk at
German nursing home (updated)
BERLIN (AP) -- John Demjanjuk's son accused Germany's top-selling Bild
newspaper of "sensationalism" on Monday for publishing photos of his
father walking outside the Bavarian nursing home where he lives after
his release from jail.
Demjanjuk was convicted May 12, 2011 of 28,060 counts of accessory to
after a Munich court found he served as a guard at the Nazi's Sobibor
He was sentenced to five years in prison but immediately released
pending his appeal, which could take as much as two years, after the
court ruled he was not a flight risk.
Images of the 91-year-old lying in a bed in the courtroom dominated
press coverage of his 18-month trial.
Bild's Sunday edition published pictures of Demjanjuk walking, with the
headline "The Bad Guy's Miracle Recovery."
John Demjanjuk Jr. told The Associated Press in an email, however, that
the photographs indicate nothing about his father's medical condition.
Demjanjuk suffers from a number of medical problems, including
chronically low hemoglobin levels. More than a dozen trial sessions
were canceled so that he could receive blood transfusions and other
"It's paparazzi sensationalism and has nothing to do with the legal
situation," Demjanjuk Jr. said of the Bild photographs. "Since coming
to Germany and before, my father has been able to walk short distances
on good days while on other days, he is confined to bed. Nobody has
ever said otherwise."
A U.S. court "confirmed his medical conditions" two years ago when it
ordered him flown "on a private air ambulance under constant medical
care when he was deported," he said.