Nazi in Ohio

The USA Today reported that an alleged Nazi death camp guard, John Demjanjuk, is being deported to Germany to face charges as an accessory to some 29,000 deaths. These crimes happened at the Sobibor camp in Nazi controlled Poland in 1943.
Demjanjuk immigrated to the US after the war and attained citizenship in 1958 and it was revoked in 1981. Then he was charged with war crime and extradited to Israel in 1986 and found guilty of crimes against humanity. Upon appeal he was released and allowed to return to the US in 1998 when his citizenship was restored. Then in 2002 his citizenship was revoked again by the state department once again claiming that he was involved with Nazi death camps. Now he is appealing an immigration appeals board ruling that allows Demjanjuk to be deported to face his crimes.
This story is amazing because it provides some semblance of justice to all of those withering faces that we have seen in the holocaust videos and the books we have read. All of the survivors who were treated so horrendously can have a little payback.

“We knew the stories—that they will gas us/ and throw us in the ovens. This was 1944… We knew everything. And here we were.”

Now Mr. Demjanjuk or “Ivan the Terrible” as he was called can finally
understand those powerful words from Maus. He has undoubtedly heard the stories of what happens to Nazi who are convicted of war crimes. This is 2009 and he will soon be there, back in Germany and will be forced to answer for his crime.
This story reminds me of the circular nature of the writings we have read, this all started in the 1940 and finally the story has come full circle and the guard will soon become the captor and the German people will once again play the role of judge, jury, and executioner.

Nazi story


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