Huffington Post | 18Feb2011 | David Rising
Alex Nagorny under investigation
in Germany for Nazi killings
[W.Z. As the
following non-story illustrates, it is amazing how the Holocaust
Industry and their pimps in the news media can continue
flagellating a dead horse.]
BERLIN -- A German prosecutor has opened a murder investigation against
a key witness in John Demjanjuk's trial on allegations the man may have
been involved in mass killings at the Nazis' Treblinka concentration
Munich prosecutor Hans-Joachim Lutz told The Associated Press on Friday
the probe is based on statements from former guards that Alex Nagorny,
94, took part in shootings at the camp in occupied Poland in 1941-42.
In one statement obtained by the AP, former guard Ivan Knysh told
Soviet authorities in 1948 that he remembered Nagorny from Treblinka,
and that "from his statements to me I know that he participated in a
shooting of 3,000 prisoners."
Lutz said he is waiting on information from Ukraine to determine
whether any of the witnesses are still alive to be cross-examined about
their original statements before moving ahead with possible charges.
Reached by telephone at his home in Bavaria, Nagorny said he did not
understand what he was being asked and passed the phone to his wife,
"They should leave him in peace," she said. "He could be in the
graveyard tomorrow; he's old."
Like Demjanjuk, Nagorny is a Ukrainian who served as a soldier in the
Red Army and was taken prisoner by the Germans.
Prosecutors allege that Demjanjuk agreed to serve the Germans and was
trained at the Trawniki SS camp before being sent to work as a camp
guard at Sobibor. The 90-year-old Demjanjuk, who is standing trial on
28,060 counts of accessory to murder, denies ever having served the
Nazis in any capacity.
Nagorny, however, admits being trained at Trawniki and serving as a
guard in the Nazi camp system.
In February last year, Nagorny testified that he served with Demjanjuk
at the Flossenbuerg concentration camp in Bavaria, telling the court
that he lived with Demjanjuk in a barracks in Flossenbuerg and then
shared an apartment with him in Landshut, Germany, after the war.
But when asked to identify Demjanjuk in the courtroom then, he could
Nagorny walked over to the bed where Demjanjuk lay and said quickly:
"That's definitely not him -- no resemblance."
When asked about Treblinka, Nagorny denied being at the camp.
"I have heard of Treblinka," he told the court. "Why, I don't know."
The statements implicating Nagorny have been known for some time, but
there were three different former guards named Nagorny and it was not
immediately clear whether the man who testified in the Demjanjuk trial
was the same who allegedly served in Treblinka.
But the judge who investigated for the special German prosecutor's
office responsible for Nazi war-crimes probes told the AP she had
determined he was the correct suspect.
"I'm convinced we are talking about the same person," Judge Kirsten
Demjanjuk's trial broke new legal ground in Germany, with prosecutors
for the first time charging a suspect with accessory to murder based on
the theory that if someone acted as a guard in a death camp, like
Sobibor, they had to be part of the mass-execution process -- even with
no evidence of participation in a specific killing.
In the case of Nagorny, however, he is accused of being a guard at
Treblinka I, a concentration camp whose prisoners were used as slave
laborers to build Treblinka II, the notorious death camp in which some
800,000 to 1 million Jews were killed in about a year.
That is why prosecutors are concentrating on the statements indicating
his involvement in shootings.
"In a concentration camp there has to be evidence of participation in a
specific crime," Lutz said.
But Cornelius Nestler, an attorney representing the families of Sobibor
victims who have joined the Demjanjuk trial as co-plaintiffs, said the
Nagorny case -- with his courtroom admission that he served as a
Flossenbuerg guard -- provides an opportunity for German prosecutors to
widen the precedent set with the Demjanjuk indictment.
"If people are constantly dying from the conditions, if the guard is
aware that happens, then it's accessory," he said in a telephone
interview from Florida.