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Kyiv Post | 19Jan2012 | Associated Press
Demjanjuk seeks funds to
sue German paper
-- John Demjanjuk, who was convicted last year of serving as a Nazi
death camp guard, is asking for German state financial help to sue the
country's biggest-selling newspaper for alleged defamation.
Duesseldorf state court spokesman Ulrich Egger told The Associated
Press on Thursday that Demjanjuk is complaining Bild newspaper's
website labeled him a "war criminal" and a "Nazi henchman" before he
was actually convicted in May of 28,060 counts of accessory to murder.
A lower court granted Demjanjuk financial help to sue, but for a
maximum of €5,000 ($6,400) in damages, ruling more couldn't reasonably
be expected. He's now appealing that decision, saying he needs funding
to sue for €25,000. Egger says it's not clear when a ruling will be
Demjanjuk's family says he has no financial resources.
20Jan2012 at 05:12
GERMANY IS GUILTY
by John Demjanjuk
First posted on http://www.xoxol.org/dem/declaration.html 14-April-2010
01:14pm PST, last revised 22-Jan-2012 04:51 pm PST
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Nazi crimes against Soviet POWs
Germany is guilty of creating prisoner of
war camps where through purposeful denial of enough food rations I and millions
of other Red Army prisoners were sentenced to die of starvation and only with
God’s help did I survive. -- John Demjanjuk
The following Wikipedia
excerpt and images supplement some of the statements that he makes in his
Declaration at the bottom of this page.
[... photo 1 ...]
Wikipedia Caption: An improvised camp for Soviet prisoners of war.
Original historic description: Scherl:
Seit Beginn der Frühjahrskämpfe wurden an der Südostfront über eine Million
gefangene Bolschewisten eingebracht. Riesig sind auch die Materialverluste der
Sowjets. Wieder füllten sich die Gefangenenlager mit Tausenden von Bolschewisten
und bedecken mit ihren wimmelnden Massen weiterhin das Gelände. PK-Aufnahme:
Kriegsberichter Wahner 13.8.1942 [Herausgabedatum]
concerning original historic description: For documentary purposes the
German Federal Archive often retained the original image captions, which
may be erroneous, biased, obsolete or politically extreme.
Nazi crimes against Soviet POWs
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Nazi crimes against Soviet Prisoners of War relates to the
deliberately genocidal policies taken towards the captured soldiers of
the Soviet Union by Nazi Germany. These efforts resulted in some 3.3 to
3.5 million deaths, about 60% of all Soviet POWs.
During Operation Barbarossa, the Axis invasion of the Soviet Union
(USSR), and the subsequent German–Soviet War, millions of Red Army
prisoners of war were taken. Some of them were arbitrarily executed in
the field by the German forces, died under inhuman conditions in German
prisoner of war camps and during ruthless death marches from the front
lines, or were shipped to Nazi concentration camps for extermination.
Some 3.3 million Soviet POWs died in Nazi custody out of 5.7 million.
This figure represents a total of 57% of all Soviet POWs and may be
contrasted with only 8,300 out of 231,000 British and American
prisoners, or 3.6%. Nazi persecution of Soviet Prisoners of War. Some
estimates range as high as 5 million dead, including those killed
immediately after surrendering (an indeterminate, although certainly
very large number). Only 5% of the Soviet prisoners who died were of
Jewish ethnicity. Among those who died was Stalin's son, Yakov
The most deaths took place between June 1941 and January 1942, when the
Germans killed an estimated 2.8 million Soviet POWs primarily through
starvation, exposure, and summary execution, in what has been called,
along with the Rwandan Genocide, an instance of "the most concentrated
mass killing in human history (...) eclipsing the most exterminatory
months of the Jewish Holocaust". By September 1941, the mortality rate
among Soviet POWs was in the order of 1% per day. According to the
USHMM, by the winter of 1941, "starvation and disease resulted in mass
death of unimaginable proportions". This deliberate starvation, leading
many desperate prisoners to resort to acts of cannibalism, was Nazi
policy in spite of food being available, in accordance to the Hunger
Plan developed by the Reich Minister of Food Herbert Backe.
By comparison, between 374,000 and 1 million German prisoners of war
died in Soviet labor camps.
The Commissar Order (German: Kommissarbefehl) was a written order given
by Adolf Hitler on 6 June 1941, prior to Operation Barbarossa. It
demanded that any Soviet political commissar identified among captured
troops be shot immediately; those prisoners who could be identified as
"thoroughly bolshevized or as active representatives of the Bolshevist
ideology" were also to be executed.
The prisoners were stripped of their supplies and clothing by
ill-equipped German troops when the cold weather set in. This resulted
in fatal consequences for the prisoners. The camps established
specially for the Soviets were called Russenlager. In others, the
Soviets were kept separated from the prisoners of other countries. The
Allied regulars kept by Germany were usually treated in accordance with
the 1929 Geneva Convention (signed by Germany but not by the Soviet
In the case of the Soviet POWs, most of the camps were simply open
areas fenced off with barbed wire and watchtowers with no housing.
These meager conditions forced the crowded prisoners to live in holes
they had dug for themselves, which were exposed to the elements.
Beatings and other abuse by the guards were common, and prisoners were
malnourished, often consuming only a few hundred calories per day.
Medical treatment was nonexistent and a Red Cross offer to help in 1941
was rejected by Adolf Hitler. Some of these conditions were actually
worse than those experienced by prisoners in the German concentration
In the summer and fall/autumn of 1941 during the German invasion, vast
numbers of Soviet prisoners were captured in about eleven different
encirclements (so-called cauldrons). Due to the rapid advance and an
expected quick victory, the Germans did not want to ship these
prisoners back to Germany. Under the administration of the Wehrmacht
the prisoners were processed, guarded, forced marched, or transported
in open railcars. Much like the Bataan Death March, the treatment of
prisoners was brutal, without much in the way of supporting logistics.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nazi_crimes_against_Soviet_POWs. Links and
footnote numbers removed.
[... photo 2 ...]
Bundesarchiv, Bild 146-1979-113-04
Foto: Hübner | 28 Juli 1941
Wikipedia Caption: Distribution of food in a POW camp near Vinnytsia,
Ukraine. June 1941
Original historic description:
Ausgabe von Brot an gefangene Russen im Lager Winnica. 28.7.1941
Wikipedia warning concerning original historic description: For
documentary purposes the German Federal Archive often retained the original
image captions, which may be erroneous, biased, obsolete or politically
[... photo 3 ...]
Wikipedia Caption: Naked Soviet prisoners of war in Mauthausen
concentration camp. Unknown date.
description: Österreich.- Konzentrationslager Mauthausen, Sowjetische
Kriegsgefangene vor der Baracke
Wikipedia warning concerning original
historic description: For documentary purposes the German Federal Archive
often retained the original image captions, which may be erroneous,
biased, obsolete or politically extreme.
Germany is guilty of this war of destruction where 11 million of my
fellow Ukrainians were murdered by the Germans. -- John Demjanjuk
[... photo 4a ...]
Germany's war of annihilation in the
Soviet Union resulted in millions of civilian deaths. Here six supposed
partisans are executed in September 1941.
Photograph and bottom caption are from David Stahel, Kiev 1941:
Hitler's Battle for Supremacy in the East, Cambridge University Press, New
York, 2012, p. 195.
And here is another group of six victims on the same assembly
line, the volley having just been fired this time. Behind the victims is a pit
into which they fall after being shot.
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When the moaning from the pit becomes annoying, the officer steps forward
and takes potshots at anyone he sees moving.
[... photo 4c ...]
Germans didn't just shoot Ukrainians, they also hanged them, and they hanged
Russians and Belarusans and Poles and Czechs and other Slavs.
[... photo 5 ...]
Bundesarchiv, Bild 121-1154
Foto: o.Ang | 1941 August - September
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Bundesarchiv, Bild 1011-287-0872-28A
Foto: Koll | 1941/1942
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[... photo 9 ...] The Ukraine, Kharkov, Main Street, 25 October 1941
[... photo 10 ...] Belorussia, in the streets of Minsk, 26 October 1941
To the Germans, hanging Slavs was not obeying a horrific command, it was having fun, at least once
they got used to it, and they did get very used to it.
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The victims were most often hanged in retaliation for some
anti-German act committed by others, or for suspected partisan activity, or for
refusing to work, but also for a long list of other crimes, among which could be
a woman having sex with Germans, as in the following instance www.charonboat.com~:
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Some German hangings of civilians can be followed step by step,
but possibly none in such detail as in the case of the unknown girl in the
photographs below around whose neck a sign has been hung, and with a bearded
Kiril Trus standing to her right, and with a capped 16-year-old Volodia
Shcherbatsevich standing to her left, in Minsk, Belarus on 26 Oct 1941. It has
been speculated that the unknown girl might be either Masha Bruskina or Shura
Linevich or perhaps Natasha the assistant nurse who worked in the Minsk Military
Hospital. The sign reads We are partisans — we have shot at German soldiers.
[... photo 14a ...]
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As German hanging of civilians was commonplace, there is no dearth of
photographs, as for example the following set on the Yad Vashem web site, with
it being useful to remember that "USSR" often means Ukraine, and that even
"Russia" often means Ukraine:
[... 69 links to photos ...]
Ah, well, but not all German soldiers spent their time shooting
people or hanging them. Weren't most of them employed away from the violence in
blameless activities, indistinguishable from everyday civilian activities, as
perhaps in food procurement, as is exemplified in the photographs below, and
which might easily be portrayed in a Hollywood movie as occupations blessed with
conviviality, and sometimes even with hilarity, only accidentally parelleling
the more distant horrors of war? Wouldn't the Germans shown in these
photographs have been affectionately honored by their comrades with the title
scroungers? Hollywood could be counted on not to omit the scene where the
scroungers chase the squacking, flapping geese around the farmyard. What fun!
If this is war, then why are so many of these German soldiers
[... photo 15a ...]
USSR, Soldiers from the German air force with fowls that were
confiscated from local peasants. yadvashem
[... photo 15b ...]
USSR, German soldiers and POW's by a field kitchen. yadvashem
[... photo 15c ...]
USSR, German soldiers with sheep. yadvashem
[... photo 15d ...]
USSR, German soldiers leading a confiscated cow. yadvashem
And when it came to food stores, wouldn't the local farmers have
been happy to share their supplies with the Germans whom they had welcomed as
liberators and whose advanced culture they admired?
[... photo 16a ...]
USSR, Peasants with crops, February 1942. yadvashem
[... photo 16b ...]
USSR, German soldiers seemingly confiscating food from the local inhabitants.
And soldiers not occupied with food procurement could easily occupy themselves
with something like the blameless and nonviolent procurement of accomodation,
and which might be regarded as paralleling the work of a realtor in civilian
life, procurement of accomodation such as the following:
[... photo 17a ...]
USSR, A peasants hut used to quarter German soldiers, 29/09/1941. yadvashem
[... photo 17b ...]
Poland, Wlosow, A peasants hut used to quarter German soldiers, 10/11/1941. yadvashem
However, if the captions above have not begun to erode the upbeat
patter, then perhaps the following analysis will:
The fabled spectre
of campaigning through a Russian winter thus assumed a certain foreboding
prominence, which loomed in the minds of many Landsers as the weather
began to change. Solomon Perel, who was travelling with a group of soldiers
from the 12th Panzer Division, noted that the men "had not forgotten Napoleon's
defeat in 1812 and ... [t]hey were scared out of their wits". Another soldier
wrote home on 21 September, "God save us from a winter campaign in the east. It
is very cold here already and rains practically every day." Wilhelm Prüller
wrote in his diary on 28 September that it was so cold he and his comrades had
to sleep in their vehicles. He then continued, "Terribly cold. You can't wrap
yourself in too many blankets. When I think back on the July and August days,
when we simply spent the nights lying in a field on the grass, I have to mourn
for the summer... And who knows what's in front of us as far as the weather
goes?" It was a prudent question, which held dire implications not only for the
operational aspects of the campaign, but also for the war of annihilation. With
a chronic shortage of housing in the forward areas of the front, German soldiers
ensured they were not the ones being left out in the cold. As Wilhelm Prüller's
You should see the act the civilians put on when we make it
clear to them that we intend to use their sties to sleep in. A weeping and
yelling begins, as if their throats were being cut, until we chuck them out.
Whether young or old, man or wife, they stand in their rags and tatters on the
doorstep and can't be persuaded to go... When we finally threaten them at
pistol point, they disappear for a few minutes, only to return again yelling
even more loudly.
While no one was freezing to death in September 1941, the
Russian peasants knew better than anyone what was coming and knew that survival
depended on shelter and stores of food for the coming winter. Without access to
these the weather would soon prove fatal for countless Soviet peasants. In this
indirect way Germany's war of annihilation involved average German soldiers to a
far greater extent than is often acknowledged. Between seventeen and eighteen
million Soviet civilians died in the war with Nazi Germany and most of these
died not as a direct result of a German action (that is, by being shot), but
rather from the conditions created by the German army and occupational forces
(starvation, disease, exposure, overwork, etc.). Accordingly, however some
historians may seek to "interpret" the circumstances or apply restrictive
definitions to what constituted a war crime, the fact remains that the
Ostheer and its soldiers, each to varying extents participated in and
contributed to the conditions which resulted in the deaths of so many. In this
sense one must keep in mind that the well-known suffering of the German army
during the winter fighting had even worse results for the civilian population,
especially in the areas of heavy German troop concentrations.
David Stahel, Kiev 1941: Hitler's Battle for Supremacy in the
East, Cambridge University Press, New York, 2012, pp. 332-333.
And so John Demjanjuk speaks of eleven million of his fellow
Ukrainians having been murdered by the Germans, and author David Stahel speaks
of between seventeen and eighteen million Soviet civilians having died in the
war, but the two sorts of murderers we have glanced at above, the firing-squad
men and the hangmen, could not possibly have been responsible for that many
deaths. They were brutal killers, without question, and they killed vast
numbers, and they deserve the deepest contempt and the harshest penality, and
yet they could only have been the small-time killers. The big-time killers in
the German annihilation machine were those nonviolent Germans we saw just above,
chasing geese around the farmyard, grabbing a sheep here and there, leading away
a cow, carting away bags of wheat, slamming the door in a peasant's face. It is
these killers who made possible the holocaust of eleven million or seventeen or
eighteen million deaths.
Murder is murder whether it is accomplished by
shooting or hanging or starving or freezing. Eighteen million murders is
eighteen million murders whether those who were starved or frozen were thus
deprived of life inside a barbed-wire perimeter or outside. As the vast
mortality figures demonstrate, confiscating a peasant's livestock and food store
and house as winter approaches is indistinguishable in degree of harm from
firing a bullet into his forehead. Thousands of Germans alive today deserve to
be prosecuted for war crimes before John Demjanjuk is prosecuted, starting with
those above we saw murdering with rifles and nooses, but continuing on to those
who snatched from others the food and the habitation that are needed to sustain
life, and also to those who saw the snatching, and understood the death sentence
it implied, but nevertheless sat inside the peasant's house and ate the
peasant's food anyway.
But to return to the point from which we started, the narrower allocation of
German guilt to murder within POW camps ...
Germany is guilty of creating
prisoner of war camps where through purposeful denial of enough food rations I
and millions of other Red Army prisoners were sentenced to die of starvation and
only with God’s help did I survive. -- John Demjanjuk
[... photo 18 ...]
Hundreds of thousands of Soviet
prisoners of war were taken in the aftermath of the battle of Kiev, but very few
would survive captivity. ullstein bild — Arthur Grimm.
Photograph and bottom caption are from David Stahel, Kiev 1941:
Hitler's Battle for Supremacy in the East, Cambridge University Press, New
York, 2012, p. 305.
[... photo 19 of John Demjanjuk ...]
On John Demjanjuk’s
behalf, the following Declaration was read in the
German language by his attorney, Dr. Ulrich Busch, during the April
13th 2010 public court session in Munich, Germany.
DECLARATION of the accused to the criticism of the court and the
prosecutors of his behaviour during the trial:
I am personally thankful to the people who are helping me in my
hopeless position as a very ill person, be it in prison or here in the
courtroom. Therefore, I especially thank the medical personnel who are
very helpful in alleviating my major aches and pains and who help me to
survive this trial which for me is torture. As a matter of fact, I
point out the following:
1. Germany is guilty of the war of destruction against the Soviet Union
through which I lost my home and homeland.
2. Germany is guilty of forcing me to become a prisoner of war.
3. Germany is guilty of creating prisoner of war camps where through
purposeful denial of enough food rations I and millions of other Red
Army prisoners were sentenced to die of starvation and only with God’s
help did I survive.
4. Germany is guilty of forcing me to become a slave labourer of the
Germans in the prisoner of war camp.
5. Germany is guilty of this war of destruction where 11 million of my
fellow Ukrainians were murdered by the Germans and more millions of
Ukrainians, including my loving wife Vera, were abducted to Germany to
forced labour and slavery by the Germans.
6. Germany is guilty of making thousands upon thousands of my countrymen
unwilling German collaborators and forcing them to join in the perverse
genocide program against Jews, Sinti, Roma, Slavs, Ukrainians, Poles
and Russians under the threat of death as hundreds and more than
hundreds that wanted to refuse this, were killed for that by the
Germans. Over and above this, hundreds of thousands were deported to
Ukraine and executed by Stalin or tortured for ages in the Siberian
Gulag and lowered to work as slaves for the Communists.
7. Germany is guilty of forcing me to live a wretched life as a displaced
person in a DP camp years after the war.
8. Germany is guilty of forcibly having me deported to Germany even after
30 years of legal prosecution in Israel, the USA, as well as, Poland
and after more than 10 years of imprisonment, more than 5 of those in a
death cell in Israel, at the end of my life and in my 90th year.
9. Germany is to blame for false charges of accessory to murder being
levied against me at the end of my life when I am without life’s energy
in violation of 65-year-old case law and also in violation of the EMRK
(European Convention for Human Rights).
10. Germany is to blame for my having to vegetate more than 9 months in
Stadelheim, in a prison, isolated, not free – though innocent.
11. Germany is to blame for my having forever lost my second homeland, the
USA, without a chance to return.
12. Germany is to blame for my having forever lost the sense of my entire
life, my family, my happiness and any kind of future and hope.
I have experienced every minute, every hour, every day, every week and
every month since May 12, 2009 as a prisoner of war in Germany. I have
experienced this process as a continuation of my terrible memories with
Germans, as a continuation of the indescribable wrong which has been
done to me by Germans. I am again and repeatedly an innocent victim of
the Germans. I feel this as an inexpressible wrong that Germany with
the help of this trial is making out of me, a prisoner of war, a war
criminal. I find it an unbearable arrogance of Germany, that Germany is
misusing me to turn the attention away from the war crimes committed by
Germans, to make them forgotten and against the truth to claim that the
true criminals of the Nazi crimes were me, the Ukrainians and the
European neighbours of Nazi Germany.
I consider this trial, which is held exclusively against me, an alleged
foreign Travniki, in violation of the principles of equal treatment as
provided to German SS members and to an uncountable number of “German
Travnikis”, incompatible with justice and the principle of equality. I
have already defended myself against the accusation of the Munich
prosecutor while in Israel. In Israel, I was accused of being connected
to Nazi crimes in Sobibor. The Israeli Supreme Court specifically
recognized that this accusation of the Israeli Prosecutor could not be
proven, a legal verdict was decided on the Sobibor accusation in such a
manner taking into account with special reference to the already
suffered arrest of more than 7.5 years. I was jailed in
Israel for these charges against me for 7.5 years with 5
of those years in a death cell.
I feel it is not compatible with fairness and humanity, that for over
35 years I have had to defend myself as a constantly chased legal
victim of the Office of Special Investigation of the USA and the
circles behind it, especially the World Jewish Congress and the Simon
Wiesenthal Centre which live off of the holocaust. Now at the end of my
life and the end of my strength, the 30th or 40th trial in the same
case is being made and I do not have the strength to fight. I am
helpless against this judicial war waged against me for over 30 years
which the Germans are now continuing against me in place of the OSI.
My beloved wife Vera, with whom I have been married for over 50 years,
also suffered in Germany. It was the Germans who deprived my wife of
her youth and took her by force to Germany for years of forced labor.
She was for years in German slave labor under cruel and inhumane
The suffering that we endured in connection with the German war of
annihilation against us Slavs is not describable in measurable words.
That Germany has again and again chosen me and my family to be
victimized is, for me, incomprehensible.
19Jan2012 at 22:49
Yes put the Biased PRESS on trial for denying or poisoning the
right to a FAIR impartial trial. Have they ever reported this way on
ANY other defendant BEFORE a verdict has been rendered or do they only
pick and choose those that they want to convict by biased reporting?
Let a jury decide if this propaganda rag was professional and objective
OR only selected biased bits and pieces of interviews and other
sources ("evidence") in order to slant. Did they EVER find or report on
any "witnesses" who LIED in Germany, Israel or Russia? This should be
easy to compare -- just compare the coverage of different political
favorites and slants!
Vitalij: 19Jan2012 at 17:07
I like it.