Saturday, March 17, 2012

Former Nazi Guard Demjanjuk Dies in Germany; Convicted of Killing 28,000 Jews During WW II

The Reuters website reports that John Demjanjuk -- convicted last year for his role in killing 28,000 Jews at a Nazi death camp during World War II -- died today (March 17, 2012) at the age 91 in a care home in southern Germany.

A Munich court convicted Ukrainian-born Demjanjuk in May 2011 of helping to kill the Jews at the Sobibor death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland. He was sentenced to five years in prison but freed because of his age.

The Bavarian police said in a statement that Demjanjuk had died at the care home near Rosenheim -- south of Munich -- where he had been living.

Demjanjuk was extradited to Germany from his home in the United States in 2009 to stand trial. He attended the 18-month court proceedings in Munich -- the birthplace of Adolf Hitler's Nazi movement -- in a wheelchair and sometimes lying down. He denied the charges against him, but otherwise did not speak at his trial.