Elderly Nazi guard sentenced to prison
John Demjanjuk, known as Ivan the Terrible, was found guilty of killing tens of thousands of Jews.
May 12th, 2011
07:10 AM ET

Elderly Nazi guard sentenced to prison

John Demjanjuk was found guilty Thursday of involvement in tens of thousands of murders by a court in Germany, capping a 25-year international legal saga over whether he was a Nazi camp guard during World War II. He was sentenced to five years in prison.

German prosecutors accused the 91-year-old former Ohio auto worker of being a guard at the notorious Nazi death camp of Sobibor in Poland. His defense team argued that he was a prisoner of war who was forced to do what the Nazis wanted. FULL STORY

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  1. beth

    I cannot believe the comments people have posted on here... you think just because it's been 60+ years since the Holocaust, those murders don't count?! That the Jewish people are asking for more than the deserve?! This is a murderer, someone who committed acts that have gone down in history as some of the most atrocious examples of human nature. He doesn't deserve sympathy or forgiveness. And to say that we should focus on current events–we DO, this is just a massive part of history. Of world history, US history, European history, and 6 million peoples' FAMILY history.

    May 12, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. dan smith

    So I guess we're all in agreement that it was the right thing to do to go in and take out Saddam Hussein for killing hundreds of thousands of Kurds.

    May 12, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy

    Those who do not learn from past mistakes are doomed to repeat them.

    Let's be very clear about this, whatever ethnicity one is, the Holocaust happened. Millions of people, Jewish and otherwise, perished in the most brutal ways.

    Anyone, ANYONE who participated in these crimes must be brought to justice. I don't care if it takes forever, the blood these animals spilled cries out for justice. Yes, the victims are long dead, but their children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren live on, knowing that the people responsible for their ancestor's deaths haven't paid for their crimes. For their sakes, justice must be served.

    May 12, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Linari

    @dan smith:

    That's a different argument, wouldn't you say?

    No, probably not, since you brought it up on a Holocaust thread.

    May 12, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. leeintulsa

    60 plus, more like 70. But i would like to know the statute of limitations when races and peoples need to just move on.

    I am sure their are Jews and camp guards still alive who were there, let them have their thing. They won't be around much longer anyway.

    However, once it's been a hundred/hundred twenty years, when no one was personally there, the pity party's over. 6 million sounds like alot. Wonder how many native Americans died, anyone got that number? The US Army probably kept looser records than the Gestapo.

    Maybe sooner, israel is starting to irritate me. It takes two to tango. We pretty much handed them security – time for the payoff.

    May 12, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Linari

    Slavery has been over for over 150 years and that pity party train is still going strong. How long are people going to have to pay for THAT by virtue of their skin color being white by birth?

    May 12, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Philip

    I don't recall the exact number, but the small-pox infected blankets that the US government used against Native American's eventually wiped-out about 90% of ALL the natives living in North, Central, and South America.

    May 12, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    @Linari...I guess you don't know about how Africa's citizens starve even though their land has some of the richest natural resources on earth. Foreigners bribe today's African leaders into allowing them access to the peoples resources, like oil, diamonds, etc. just as surely as they did the same for Africa's then greatest resource: people. (potential slaves) If slavery didn't exist anymore, it would be Africa's children struggling with obesity.

    May 12, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Philip

    ...but it is rather odd how black American's seeking reparations for slavery only sue the US government, never any of the African governments who sold their parents into slavery nor the Arab Muslim slave masters who forced slaves to convert.

    May 12, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Philip

    Interstingly, all three of our President's names can be traced back to old Arab slave masters. You aren't limited to researching just your own family name @ ancestry.com. You can research President Obama's too.

    May 12, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Linari

    @Philip: I guess you don't know that I was referencing an event in American history, and not Africa's history. I am talking about the slave reparations, and how some people won't let it go.

    As it happens, I do know a lot about African history, and the pillaging of her resources, but that is not what I was talking about, nor does that have any bearing on the topic. My answer was more or less to leeintulsa, but I neglected to @ her.

    May 12, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Philip

    I understood that. I just siezed an opportunity to point-out that they sue US, but not the ones who sold them into slavery. (or traded for iron bars and glass beads...tribal leaders favorites)

    May 12, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Joey

    @ Demosthenes:
    What?
    The King David Hotel?
    Don't you know that we don't talk about that?

    May 12, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Philip

    So you too find it odd that Africa's children starve while the people who plunder their resources are in the middle of an obesity epidemic.

    May 12, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Philip

    And good luck getting leeintulsa to discuss how African's were sold into slavery by their own leaders.

    May 12, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
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