Letter to Angela Merkel | 25Nov2009 | Will Zuzak
John Demjanjuk Trial 2009
The Honourable Angela Merkel
Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany
10557 Berlin, Germany
+49 (0)180 272 00 00
Date: 25 November 2009
Dear Chancellor Merkel:
This open letter to you and to the German people has been prompted by
the rather plaintive plea of the Human Rights Committee of the
Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) asking you to ensure that the
prosecution of John Demjanjuk in a German court “not turn into a show
trial intended to spill blame for the Holocaust on non-Germans, and we
appeal to you to make a public statement to this effect.”
This letter dated 15 July 2009 is archived at the UWC website at
The history of the John Demjanjuk case is replete with geopolitical
intrigue, judicial misconduct, disinformation and outright deceit.
There is a direct connection to the KGB and the on-going Soviet efforts
to discredit the Ukrainian Diaspora -- its promotion of Ukrainian
independence, its steadfast anti-Communism and the eyewitness accounts
of the genocidal policies of the Soviet regime.
of the OSI
In 1974 KGB operative and editor of the communistic New York-based
Ukrainian Daily News,
Michael Hanusiak travelled to Moscow and was
given a list of Ukrainian names targeted by the KGB (including
Demjanjuk), which he sent to the Immigration and Naturalization Service
(INS) in 1975. The Holtzman Amendment facilitated the creation of the
Office of Special Investigations (OSI), which has operated as a rogue
element within the U.S. Department of Justice from its very inception.
By January 1980, while the rest of America was boycotting the Moscow
Winter Olympics because of the Russian invasion of Afghanistan, Allan
Ryan and Walter Rockler of the OSI were in Moscow meeting with
Aleksandr Rekunkov and Roman Rudenko -- the chief Soviet prosecutor at
the infamous Nurnberg War Crimes trials, as well as the Soviet show
trials of the 1930s.
Contrary to the official policy of the United States towards the Soviet
Union at that time, this unfortunate meeting facilitated the use of
Soviet-supplied evidence in future OSI prosecutions and placed American
justice at the mercy of KGB manipulation. That the OGPU/NKVD/KGB
utilized torture to obtain false confessions from targeted individuals
is a historical fact. From the time of Lenin through the Holodomor, the
Great Terror, World War Two, the Ukrainian Partisan Army Insurgency and
even the Dissident era from the 1960’s intimidation, threats and
torture were utilized by the repressive organs of the Soviet Union.
Even in the 1990’s, when naive Canadian judges travelled to Ukraine to
interview eyewitnesses under the direction of and preparation by
former-KGB personnel, several of these witnesses later recanted their
testimony after recounting their “preparation” and expressed surprise
and disgust that Canadian authorities would side with their tormentors.
By the time that John Demjanjuk was exonerated of the charges against
him by the Israeli Supreme Court on 29 July 1993, it had become obvious
- - the OSI had withheld exculpatory evidence from
- - Norman Moscowitz had suborned perjury with
respect to the Otto Horn
- - OSI failed to disclose an interview with Jacob Reimer,
served as a clerical official at Trawniki;
- - OSI investigators George Garand and Bernard Dougherty
affidavits for the Israeli prosecution which differed substantially and
contradicted their initial reports of the Otto Horn meeting;
- - OSI superiors ignored a memo by George Parker (their
expressing grave doubts about the conflicting evidence and questioning
the ethics of proceeding with the Demjanjuk case;
- - Israeli investigator Mariam Radiwker had performed
photo-spreads and identification procedures to induce survivors to
identify Mr. Demjanjuk;
- - the Jewish Nazi collaborators who identified Mr.
Demjanjuk during the
Jerusalem trial were obviously lying;
- - KGB operative Armand Hammer had spirited Trawniki ID 1393
(presumably) three other ID cards to the Israeli prosecution --
bypassing regular diplomatic channels.
It is small wonder that the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals subsequently
ruled that the OSI was guilty of prosecutorial misconduct constituting
fraud on the court in obtaining the 1981 denaturalization of Mr.
Demjanjuk and his 1986 extradition to Israel. Obviously, any
pronouncements and conclusions from these tainted proceedings cannot be
utilized by the German courts and any evidence supplied by the OSI must
be treated as suspect. The German courts must not legitimize the
criminality of the OSI.
ID 1393 card
Once again , it was the KGB via Michael Hanusiak in 1975 that
publicized the Trawniki ID card, which purportedly indicates that Mr.
Demjanjuk was sent from Trawniki to Sobibor on 27 March 1943.
Photographs of the card, the picture thereon and the name Ivan
Demjanjuk spread like wildfire throughout the Jewish community. By the
fall of 1976 Mariam Radiwker had induced several survivors to identify
Mr. Demjanjuk to have been in Treblinka; but no one identified him as
being in Sobibor.
The 1981 denaturalization trial started with only photostatic copies of
the card available. Unexpectedly, the Soviets allowed experts for the
prosecution and defense to examine it at their Embassy and made it
available to Judge Battisti for one morning session. For the Jerusalem
trial, the card was allegedly delivered by Armand Hammer and three
other similar cards appeared mysteriously mid-trial. No expert has ever
authenticated the Demjanjuk signature (in green, iron-free
ink). Julius Grant, expert witness for the defense at the
Jerusalem trial, categorically stated that the signature was forged.
A large number of people have examined copies of these cards and have
detected an enormous number of discrepancies, which indicate that the
card is fraudulent -- there is no date and DIN number, the format is
wrong, the stamps are wrong, obsolete type is used, some letters are
hand-made, the German grammar and spelling is atrocious. Various other
similar cards have appeared that differ from the original. Even the
prosecution in the second 2001 Demjanjuk denaturalization trial
admitted that there were at least two sets of these cards.
One of the main problems with these cards is that there is no chain of
custody. No one seems to know where they came from, where they were,
what was done to them and by whom and when. During World War Two there
were countless false and forged documents created by various spy
agencies, by criminal organizations, by individuals trying to survive.
This is exemplified by the famous Red Orchestra led by Leopold Trepper,
which infiltrated German organizations to provide information to Soviet
intelligence on the German war effort. The Jewish underground
operatives were masters at providing false documents for their members.
The logical procedure to unravel the origin and validity or
non-validity of these documents would be for the German courts to make
coloured, high-resolution digital photographs of them, post them on a
government web site and invite independent experts to examine them.
Doubtless, a large number of discrepancies would be detected and many
of them resolved.
standing for affected groups
The German news media has reported that 35 “survivors” have obtained
“standing” and have arranged for lawyers to represent them and assist
the prosecution at the trial scheduled to commence on 30 November 2009.
There are several Ukrainian organizations that should also have
standing in the court.
This would include the Ukrainian World Congress, which must ensure that
past and present Soviet/Russian efforts directed at the suppression of
Ukrainian independence and discrediting the Ukrainian Diaspora as
anti-semitic nationalists and Nazi collaborators are exposed. The
Ukrainophobia expressed in previous Demjanjuk trials must not be
repeated in German courts.
The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) also has a vested interest at
being represented at the Munich trial. The initial 1981 Demjanjuk
denaturalization trial spilled over into Canada with wild claims of
thousands of “Nazi war criminals” living in Canada, the establishment
of the Deschenes Commission,
passage of retroactive legislation to
allow prosecution of alleged war criminals in criminal courts, creation
of Canada’s War Crimes Unit, failure to convict Imre Finta, abandonment
of the criminal process and its replacement with the civil
denaturalization and deportation
process exactly as with John Demjanjuk
in the United States. All these developments relate to the upcoming
trial in Munich.
Z. See also ../Geocities/index.html and ../Geocities/letters/mclellan003.html ]
In addition, many other countries in Eastern Europe would be
well-advised to seek standing at the Munich trial. Estonians, Latvians
and Lithuanians and other nationalities were also targeted by the
KGB-sponsored “Nazi collaborator” campaign. As with Ukraine, the
present Putin/Medvedev regime in Moscow continues to challenge the
legitimacy of these countries and refuses to acknowledge the Stalinist
crimes inflicted upon their citizens.
It would be in the interests of German and world society, if the German
government would encourage and assist (both administratively and
financially) these various organizations and countries to obtain legal
standing at the Munich trial. German taxpayers have paid billions of
Deutschmarks to Holocaust survivors and toward prosecution of Nazis
within Germany. This has resulted in a distorted view of the realities
of World War Two -- the Jewish perspective is reinforced, while the
perspective of others is downplayed or suppressed. One would hope that
all aspects of crimes during WW2 could be examined.
Throughout my life here in Canada, I have been constantly amazed at how
Germans have been vilified as a result of WW1 and WW2 and how ethnic
Germans have meekly submitted to such categorization. I suspect that
the psyche of Germans -- both in Germany and the Diaspora -- has been
badly scarred. It seems that Germans are not even allowed to pray for
the souls of their dead.
The reality is that throughout the twentieth century Germans were as
much victims as victimizers. But does the world recognize this? Do
Germans mourn the victims of the firebombing of Dresden and Hamburg? Or
the massacre of surrendering German soldiers in Munich by the
Americans? Or the POW death pits organized by General Eisenhower? Or
the genocidal ethnic cleansing of Germans from the Danzig/Gdansk area?
Or the rape of some two million German women by the oncoming Red Army
as it invaded Germany? Or the torture of German personnel to encourage
their confessions for the Nurnberg War Crimes Trials? Have German
courts examined these atrocities? Has anyone been charged?
As a Canadian of Ukrainian origin, I am particularly concerned that
Germany has declined to recognize the Holodomor -- the 1932-33 famine
orchestrated by Stalin, which claimed the lives of some 7 to 10 million
Ukrainians -- as genocide. Are Germans aware that over one million
inhabitants in the Volga German Republic and in German settlements in
Southern Russia and Southern Ukraine were decimated? Was this not
deliberate genocide? There were a large number of articles in the
German newspapers at that time. Large numbers of heart-rending letters
from starving Germans were received. Ewald Ammende even wrote a book on
the subject. Will Germans not even pray for the souls of their own
The John Demjanjuk case, stretching for almost 35 years now, is the
most politicized case in the history of mankind. He has become a pawn
in the intrigues of the power elites in the world today. He is the
litmus test to indicate who holds the real power.
Israel uses this case as a tool to promote and publicize the Holocaust
and to combat “Holocaust revisionists”; to elicit sympathy
and money from individuals and governments; to influence and
control the judicial systems within various countries; and to
prevent criticism of Israel’s ongoing genocide of the Palestinian
The justice system of the United States as represented by the OSI has a
vested interest to legitimize its criminal handling of the Demjanjuk
The Russian Federation will continue to justify its genocidal
anti-Ukrainian policies of the past with the hopes of re-incorporating
Ukraine within its empire, while at the same time dangling the image of
endless gas supplies to Germany. Once again, as at the time of the
Holodomor, the prospect of lucrative business dealings with Russia will
likely overcome any German qualms about human rights and human lives.
And once again, Germany appears willing to sell its soul to appease the
United States/Israel on one side and the Russian Federation on the
other side. Mr. Demjanjuk and Ukraine are to be the sacrificial lambs.
To all the people, who have been involved in the persecution of Mr.
Demjanjuk, I would like to remind them of the following quotation in
the past, present and future tenses: “As you do unto John Demjanjuk, so
shall it be done unto you.”
William Zuzak, Ph.D., P.Eng. (retired)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
This letter shall be archived at