Professor Lawrence Douglas, Amherst College, will discuss the trial of John (Ivan) Demjanjuk which became the subject of the lengthiest and most bizarre criminal case to arise out of the Holocaust.
John (Ivan) Demjanjuk was a native Ukrainian who settled in Cleveland, where he worked for Ford and raised a family. He also became the subject of the lengthiest and most bizarre criminal case to arise out of the Holocaust. The only person in American history to be twice stripped of his citizenship, Demjanjuk was extradited to Israel, where he was tried and sentenced to death as the sadistic Treblinka guard known as Ivan the Terrible—only to be released when the Israelis realized they had the wrong Ivan. Two decades later, in 2011, a Munich court convicted him as having served as a guard at Sobibor, an equally lethal SS death camp.
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