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Nazi death camp guard's body en route to USA

The Local · 21 Mar 2012, 16:11

Published: 21 Mar 2012 16:11 GMT+01:00

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"We have been tasked by Mr Demjanjuk's family with transporting the body to the US," a spokesman for the Oberaudorf undertaker in southern Germany said.

"That will probably happen at the beginning of next week," he added.

The legal requirements are currently being dealt with, he added but said as soon as they were complete, Demjanjuk's body could be sent to Cleveland in Ohio.

Demjanjuk, who was stateless after being stripped of his US citizenship, died at the age of 91 in a home for the elderly in the southern state of Bavaria, police said Saturday.

He appears to have died of natural causes, a spokesman for the public prosecutor's office said Monday after a post-mortem exam gave no clear indication of the exact cause of death but also found no sign that anyone else was involved.

Last year a German court sentenced the Ukrainian-born man to five years in prison in connection with the six-month period he was a guard in Poland at the Sobibor death camp in 1943.

However he was released pending an appeal, having already spent nearly two years in prison, as he was deemed unlikely to abscond.

After World War II, Demjanjuk went to live in the United States, raising three children there and working in the auto industry. After a legal case brought in Israel in 1986 collapsed, he returned to the US.

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But he was stripped of his citizenship in 2002 for lying about his past and finally deported from the United States to Germany in 2009 to face trial.


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07:04 March 22, 2012 by Lawdog20636
I think this case was a dog and pony show anyway. 91 year old at the bottom of the food chain. A big waste of money from several countries.
09:12 March 22, 2012 by design
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09:16 March 22, 2012 by hereward
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11:33 March 22, 2012 by raandy
He was convicted of 27,000 counts of accessory to murder. Ridiculous. I am sure he was making decisions about these unfortunate peoples fate.

He was a Ukraine prisoner of war. he chose at 18 or 19 to live, he become a guard under the watchful eye's of his captors, now he is an accessory in the "Final Solution" hopefully we have seen the last of this kind of mock justice to apease a certain element of society, and we all can move on to another issue.
18:50 March 22, 2012 by Lawdog20636
raandy, I'm glad someone else see it like I do. I could not have said it better.
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