Was Justice Served in Nazi Prison Guard Trial?

Friday, May 13, 2011

Defendant John Demjanjuk arrives for another session of his trial on May 5, 2011 in Munich, southern Germany. (Sebastian Widmann/Getty)

Former Nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk was found guilty of nearly 30,000 counts of accessory to murder in a German prison. At age 91, Demjanjuk was sentenced to five years in prison, but will be released pending a possible appeal. Demjanjuk is accused of being a prison guard at the Sobibor camp in Nazi occupied Poland in 1943. Does he deserve an appeal? David Cesarani,  professor of history at Royal Holloway, University of London, joins us for more on the story. 


Davi Cesarani

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Hsi-Chang Lin

Comments [4]

Eugenia Renskoff from Brooklyn, NY

Hi, Who cares if this man is 91 yesrs old now? I am not Jewish but I have always felt that what happened to the Jewish people because of the Nazis was a horrible and unforgivable thing. This man was in his 20s during World War 2 and knew that it was wrong, whether he followed orders or not. Too bad it has taken this long. It is, though, a step in the right direction.Eugenia Renskoff

May. 13 2011 12:41 PM
Angel from Miami, FL

Age should not be a free pass from justice. However, as a regular soldier can he really be guilty of murder? If he didn't accept the death camp assignment it's likely he would've been shot for treason. If you were a German soldier and they told you to do that job, a job you knew was immoral, would you choose to follow orders or be killed at the hands your superiors? Who here can say he would take the bullet in the same situation?

May. 13 2011 10:07 AM
Ronald Thomason from Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Justice delayed is justice denied. Why should John Demjanjuk be spared the consequences of his crimes solely because he has managed to successfully avoid, evade and delay prosecution for almost 50 years?

None his victims received parole from his "care" in Sobibor. He has already enjoyed many more years of freedom than is appropriate for his crimes. Allowing him to spend the last years of his life in a comfortable prison is more consideration than he rightfully deserves.

May. 13 2011 10:05 AM

Hundreds of thousands of counts of accessory to murder! - Shouldn't Bush be tried and sentenced while he's still capable of understanding what he did? Do we have to wait till he's senile to punish him?

May. 13 2011 06:57 AM

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