89-år gammel ankommet München

The New York Times: BERLIN — John Demjanjuk of Seven Hills, Ohio, born Ivan Demjanjuk in Ukraine in 1920, arrived in Munich Tuesday morning to face accusations of crimes committed as a Nazi death-camp guard. Mr. Demjanjuk was deported for the second time by the United States on Monday. The first time was 23 years ago, and he was bound for worldwide notoriety, accused of being the unfathomably cruel “Ivan the Terrible of Treblinka,” one of the Holocaust’s most infamous sadists. He was convicted and sentenced to death in Israel, before new evidence won him a reprieve and eventually a trip back to the United States and the return of his stripped citizenship.

But the wheels of justice began to grind again, and the whole process has repeated itself step by step. Monday night, a frailer Mr. Demjanjuk, now 89 and once again stateless, boarded a special medically equipped airplane bound for Germany, where he is accused of being an accessory in the murder of 29,000 Jews while working as a guard at the Sobibor death camp in eastern Poland.

Investigators say that the documentary evidence is strong and that they will be able to prove that Mr. Demjanjuk was a living cog in a killing factory, where some 250,000 people were put to death in just one and a half years of operation. His son, John Demjanjuk Jr., says that his father, who has bone-marrow and kidney diseases, is being hounded by the United States Justice Department’s Office of Special Investigations and German prosecutors in an inhumane fashion.

Mr. Demjanjuk’s guilt will be decided in a Munich courtroom, assuming he lives long enough and is deemed fit to stand trial. But throughout the recent months of courtroom battles over appeals and stays of deportation, the gulf between the enormity of the crimes Mr. Demjanjuk is accused of and the frail old man he is now has grown more apparent.

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