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  • Thomas Blatt, Sobibor escapee and author, 88

    November 4, 2015 | 2:50 pm

    Thomas Blatt, one of the few Jews to escape the Nazis’ Sobibor death camp and a key witness against camp guard John Demjanjuk, has died.

    Blatt, who escaped Sobibor in a group uprising in 1943, died Oct. 31 at his home in Santa Barbara, the Associated Press (AP) reported. He was...

  • The twisted tale of John Demjanjuk

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    February 6, 2014 | 10:33 am

    Among Nazi war criminals who have faced justice, ranging from Hermann Goering to Adolf Eichmann, we find John Demjanjuk, who was charged with participating in the murder of 29,060 Jews as a guard at the Sobibor concentration camp. Unlike the more notorious Nazis, Demjanjuk actually...

  • German office to investigate 50 alleged Auschwitz guards

    April 8, 2013 | 8:17 am

    A Nazi crimes agency in Germany will launch an investigation of 50 alleged former Auschwitz guards living in the country.

    Following a precedent set by the successful case in 2011 against John Demjanjuk, the Central Office for Clarification of Nazi Crimes will begin reviewing...

  • German prosecutors say doctors did not hasten Demjanjuk’s death

    November 27, 2012 | 1:17 pm

    Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk's death was not hastened by medication administered at a nursing home in Bavaria, prosecutors said.

    Ulrich Busch, an attorney for Demjanjuk, who died in March, filed a complaint in May with German prosecutors asking them to open an investigation...

  • Appellate court rules against Demjanjuk

    June 29, 2012 | 12:20 pm

    A federal appeals court said that Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk’s U.S. citizenship cannot be posthumously restored.

    The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati ruled Thursday that his death made the case moot. Demjanjuk died in southern Germany on March 17 at the age of 91....

  • Demjanjuk reportedly buried secretly in United States

    April 5, 2012 | 10:50 am

    Convicted Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk reportedly was buried in secret in an undisclosed location in the United States.

    The news that Demjanjuk was buried on March 31, two weeks after he died in a German nursing home, was disclosed Tuesday by Rostyslav Novozhenets, deputy head...

  • Opinion: Demjanjuk’s just epitaph

    By Tom Teicholz

    March 22, 2012 | 6:28 pm

    The recent death of John Demjanjuk, 91, in a nursing home in Germany, brings to a close one of the most extensive and most contested Nazi war crimes prosecutions in history, a process that began in the United States in the mid 1970s and was ongoing at the time of his death as...

  • Demjanjuk to be buried in the United States

    March 22, 2012 | 10:52 am

    Convicted Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk will be buried near his home in suburban Cleveland.

    A German funeral home reportedly said the body of Demjanjuk, who died on March 17, will travel to Cleveland next week. The U.S. Consulate in Munich confirmed that Demjanjuk’s body was...

  • John Demjanjuk, convicted of war crimes in Germany, dies stateless and in limbo

    March 19, 2012 | 11:32 am

    Though the death last weekend of John Demjanjuk brought a close to the seemingly never-ending quest for justice in the case of a man long accused of being a Nazi war criminal, it also brought a premature end to the legal battle over his legacy.

    Though Demjanjuk, 91, was convicted by...

  • Judge rejects Demjanjuk claim that documents withheld

    December 21, 2011 | 10:27 am

    A federal judge in Cleveland rejected a claim by convicted Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk that U.S. prosecutors withheld documents that could have helped his case.

    U.S. District Judge Dan Aaron Polster ruled Tuesday that a 1985 FBI memo that questioned the legitimacy of a Nazi...

  • Germany ready to prosecute last living Nazis

    October 5, 2011 | 12:06 pm

    Renewed efforts to prosecute the last living Nazi war criminals will be launched in Berlin this fall.

    The conviction last spring of John Demjanjuk, 91, as an accessory to murder at the Sobibor death camp in occupied Poland has paved the way for the reopening of hundreds of other...

  • Attorneys file motion to return Demjanjuk to U.S.

    July 21, 2011 | 11:35 am

    Public defenders filed a motion in U.S. District Court in Cleveland asking that convicted Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk be allowed to return to the United States.

    The motion asked the judge to set aside Demjanjuk’s denaturalization and deportation to Germany, saying that the U.S....

  • German court rejects Demjanjuk extradition request

    June 15, 2011 | 1:04 pm

    A German court denied a request to extradite John Demjanjuk to Spain to stand trial on charges of being an accessory to genocide and crimes against humanity.

    In denying the extradition request on June 9, the Munich court questioned Spain’s jurisdiction in the case and also noted...

  • Demjanjuk conviction hailed as long-awaited victory for justice

    May 16, 2011 | 4:19 pm

    The guilty verdict pronounced May 12 against John Demjanjuk in a Munich courtroom was a long time coming.

    Following a trial that lasted a year and a half—capping more than three decades of legal drama—the 91-year-old former Ohio autoworker is now officially recognized as a war...

  • Prosecutors appeal Demjanjuk’s release from jail

    May 16, 2011 | 10:29 am

    Munich state prosecutors appealed a district court’s decision to release convicted Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk from prison pending his appeal.

    Monday’s appeal of Demjanjuk’s release, following his conviction on war crimes on May 12, also appealed the five-year sentence handed...

  • John Demjanjuk found guilty of war crimes

    May 12, 2011 | 8:11 am

    A Munich court has found John Demjanjuk guilty of war crimes, and sentenced the 91-year-old former autoworker to five years in prison.

    Thursday’s verdict came after 93 court days, including deeply affecting testimony from Dutch survivors and their kin, and monologues by Demjanjuk’s...