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Demjanjuk's SS identity card was forged, his lawyer says

The Local · 13 Apr 2011, 13:58

Published: 13 Apr 2011 13:58 GMT+02:00

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Ulrich Busch said the Federal Bureau of Investigation had said in a 1985 report that an SS identity card alleged to be Demjanjuk's was "quite likely fabricated" by the Soviet Union.

"We have always maintained that the ID card was a forgery. Now we have a report from the FBI," Busch said.

He said he was in possession of the report and had applied to the court in Munich, southern Germany, to suspend the 91-year-old's trial to travel to the United States to look in the archives for more information.

However, he was pessimistic as to his chances of getting the court to agree to his request.

"The court has long since made up its mind," he said.

The identity card is vital to the prosecution's case as there are no living witnesses able to prove the charge that Ukrainian-born Demjanjuk was a guard at the Sobibor death camp in 1943.

Demjanjuk is charged with helping to murder 27,900 Jews and others during his alleged six-month stint at the camp where the Nazi death machine killed around a quarter of a million people.

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Prosecutors have called for him to spend six years behind bars for his alleged actions in what is quite likely to be the last major trial dealing with the crimes committed in World War II.

A verdict could come as soon as May 12, although this has repeatedly been delayed due mainly to the defendant's health.


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15:06 April 13, 2011 by tallady
Demjanjuk is charged with helping to murder 27,900 Jews ,a prisoner himself,was there only 6 months and now his ID card has been called into question as a forgery.All the witnesses are deceased. This is ridiculous, let the old guy go as well as the issue.
15:53 April 13, 2011 by freechoice
For God sake, if the evidence is in doubt, the trial should not proceed. We are dealing with allegation of war criminal here. not some petty crime.
17:12 April 13, 2011 by Sastry.M
Nothing of news since Nueuremberg Tribunal fairness.
19:57 April 13, 2011 by Soonerdiver
Why must German Courts rely on American reports as to the validity of the ID Card? Can not the German Government perform testing to determine whether the card is valid or not? Why would the KGB forge and ID... what was gained by this action? And why did it take from 1985 to 2011 for the report to surface? Continue the trial and see the outcome of justice... denied to the Jews he killed!
20:44 April 13, 2011 by mid503
Since when has authenticated evidence been required for a political show trial?
22:42 April 13, 2011 by whpmgr
It is easy to see what camp everyone here is part of.

1. the KGB would forge a document and make it available to stir up hell for israel, to embarrass the US if they did soemthing and then the Soviets could come back and say it was faked and they made it, and the germans and any number of people.

2. I can't believe that someone says the Nuremburg trails were just fake-Sastry (or did I mis interpret yoru comment? There was enough circumstantial and other hard evidence to kill the ones we got, and jail the ones we didnt kill. I think the only one that got the bad deal was Rudolf Hess. He tried to bring peace adn they stuck him in Spandau until he died. And teh Russians made sure he was miserable.

3. Political show trail? COme on people, there was enough evidence for the Dept and State and USCIS to remove him and have him tried by judges. If he is innocent he got his trail. How about those millions of people that got zero trials and were just gassed? Teh man entered teh US on a fake set of documents. If he wasn't guilty of the death camps, he did do soemthing else to be guilty of. COnfess and let the world see it.

4. I agree with Soonerdriver..they are the germans, it was their document, soemone should know if it was fake or real....
23:14 April 13, 2011 by DOZ
If the FBI says it is fake, then it needs to be verified, or you have no justice. I doubt Israel wants to be part of a railroad, even if Germany has no stomach for the truth. The last thing that will be needed will be stories surfacing 40 years ago that Holocaust was a lie manipulated with fake documents.
08:54 April 14, 2011 by ECSNatale
Justice requires honesty and you can't have one without the other. Wanting to punish Nazis for the murder of millions of people is understandable, wanting to punish this man without proper proof turns us into what we "supposedly" detest.
11:22 April 14, 2011 by storymann
How about those millions of Jews that were gassed? Yes we all know about that and we all are sorry about that, everything that could be said has over and over again.This low level non German was not responsible for the Holocaust,may be he was there and maybe he was not.

I find it hard to believe this man is getting a fair shake in court when the evidence appears to be bogus and the accusers are dead.

I will be glad when we can but all this behind us,it is over and has been for almost 70 years. Let it go and move on.
11:27 April 15, 2011 by wenddiver
I would like to salute the Israeli Judicial System for releasing this man, once already. Justice applied to somebody that the whole mob screams for his head is what a Judicial System is supposed to be all about. This was the type of stand the world expected from Germany's Judiciary and didn't recieve, made worse by the honarable resistance of men and women in the German Department of Justice,Student Movement, Abweher and later the Army. Highly recommend the excellent movie Judgement at Nuremburg, for a view of the Judiciary's role. The world should release this man, the war is over.
15:24 April 15, 2011 by justthefacts
Add to it that the ID card has a German measured height listed as 3 inches shorter then Demjanjuk was on other undisputed identity documents just a few years after the period. He would have had to grow 3 inches after the age of 22. FAKE. The photo has staple holes on it but the paper of the document does not. So, you don't need to be a forensic expert to know it must have come from some other document. FAKE. Even government experts could not conclude the alleged Demjanjuk signature on the document was made by the Demjanjuk on trial while others have said it is not his signature. Now the FBI said evidence was falsified by the Russians based upon their investigation. The Russians are sitting on 1500 pages of info (File 1627) on the Demjanjuk case and won't give it to Germany. The German prosecutors and judges won't even ask Russia for the documents. The USA prosecutors were found to have committed fraud and prosecutorial misconduct with a reckless disregard for the truth in sending Demjanjuk to Israel in the first place. I believe the FBI and Demjanjuk now. Free JD.
23:18 April 15, 2011 by Curmudgeon
He has been accused of being a Nazi, and "helping to murder 27,900 Jews and others". None of the alleged victims have been identified. The prosecution has no murder weapon. There is no need for proof, the high standards of justice at Nuremberg, under the London Protocols, must be maintained in these cases. He must be guilty of something. False accusations of these matters are never made.
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