Munich, Germany: John Demjanjuk, a guard at the Sobibor death camp in 1943, was sentenced to 5 years in prison. His lawyer is appealing the verdict and expects him to do no jail time, the article explains. 

There was no direct evidence that Demjanjuk commited a crime, and yet he was convicted, the theory being that if he worked at the camp he was guilty of killing Jews. The only piece of evidence was an SS identity card, the validity of which was questioned in 1985 by the FBI. This benchmark decision by Judge Alt could open the door to many new trials of death camp personnel, where there is no hard evidence for a specific crime committed.

Retired from the U.S. automobile industry, Demjanjuk came to the United States in the 1950s and became a naturalized citizen in 1958, two years after my French husband/co-author, Max Ciampoli, attained his U.S. citizenship. It seems so strange that he was just living a normal life among us, doesn’t it?

Demjanjuk’s  U.S. citizenship was revoked 2 years ago, and he was deported. Relatives of those killed at the Nazi concentration camp in Poland are satisfied that Demjanjuk was found guilty. Many are not concerned that he serves time or not in prison.

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