Alleged Nazi Guard to Be Deported

February 04, 2008 11:30 AM
by findingDulcinea Staff
U.S. appeals court upholds the deportation order for alleged Nazi War criminal John Demjanjuk, the man once accused of being “Ivan the Terrible.”

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The U.S. government originally accused Demjanjuk of being the Treblinka concentration camp guard known as “Ivan the Terrible.” He lost his U.S. citizenship and was extradited to Israel in 1986, where he was sentenced to death. 

Evidence later indicated that Demjanjuk was not the infamous “Ivan the Terrible.” He was released from Israeli custody and sent back to the United States in 1993 with his citizenship restored.

However, Demjanjuk lost his citizenship again in 2002 when a U.S. court ruled that he was, in fact, a different Nazi war criminal.

A court ruling in 2005 ordered that Demjanjuk be deported to his native Ukraine, or if Ukraine refused to take him, Germany or Poland. Demjanjuk’s defense claimed that upon deportation he will be mistreated and tortured because of his past.

The most recent court case stemmed from Demjanjuk’s challenge to the 2005 decision of deportation. Demjanjuk’s attorney has said he will appeal the ruling to the 6th Circuit or to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Demjanjuk has frequently denied both sets of accusations against him. He claims that he fought for the Soviets against the Nazis in World War II, was taken prisoner and placed in a prisoner-of-war camp for two years, and then directed to fight against the Soviets.

Headline Link: ‘Court Denies Alleged Nazi Guard's Appeal’

Biography: John Demjanjuk

Opinion & Analysis: How should Demjanjuk be judged?

‘Demjanjuk Has Rights’
‘Call Him Ivan the Terrible’

Background: Demjanjuk’s road From Israel to the present

Demjanjuk’s citizenship revoked in 2002
‘Ivan the Not-So-Terrible’

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